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Jacqueline Leonard, Ph.D.

Professor, Mathematics Education

My story:

Several events, including the sharecropper education my parents received, helped to shape my beliefs, values, and attitudes about education. I began school in a post-Brown era, but I am the product of segregated schooling in the Midwest. It was not until I attended a city-wide high school that I attended an integrated school. Yet, the teachers I experienced in K-12 were dedicated and courageous during a time of great turmoil: race riots, deaths of President John F. Kennedy, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Malcolm X and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. Education is the key to success, and mathematics education is the key to economic empowerment. Enabling teacher candidates to realize this power and instill it in their P-12 students is the reason I became a teacher educator and an administrator in higher education. All students deserve first-class education and wonderful teachers. Social justice is not simply placing effective teachers in every classroom but also providing diverse students with opportunities to attend high-quality schools where they can develop and use their talents and gifts to better their lives both personally and economically.

Classes I teach:
  • Mathematics Instruction and Assessment (UCTE 5002)
  • Mathematics for Elementary Teachers (MATH 3040)
My research interests:

My research interests include access, equity and social justice issues in urban education, and mathematics education, specifically.

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