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Appenzeller Knowles Receives PhD

Corey Drake and Kate Appenzeller Grad PhotoCongratulations to Kate Appenzeller Knowles, PRIME mathematics education doctoral student, who graduated with her PhD in Fall Semester 2019.

Kate successfully defended her dissertation in October, titled Teachers’ Use of Scaffolding During Cognitively Demanding Tasks.

Corey Drake was her Dissertation Director. Other committee members include Tonya Bartell, Alden J. (AJ) Edson and Beth Herbel-Eisenmann.

Kate participated in the College of Education hooding ceremony on Friday, December 13th in the Kiva of Erickson Hall. Kate's parents from Wisconsin and her husband, Tyler, also attended the event.

Ralph, Kate, Corey Hooding Ceremony
Kate being hooded by advisor, Corey Drake, with Director Ralph Putnam

Kate began the mathematics education doctoral program at MSU in Fall Semester 2015. During her time here, Kate taught several mathematics courses and served as a field instructor for secondary mathematics interns. She also worked on numerous research projects, most recently the Connected Mathematics Project. She has been a mentor for incoming doctoral students as well as undergraduate learning assistants, and was an active student member of the PRIME community. Kate presented her mathematics education work at MSU and various state and national conferences. She received a Fellowship to Enhance Global Understanding (FEGU), which consisted of a trip to China to study their educational system, in Summer 2016. She received an Outstanding Mathematics Teaching Assistant Award in Spring 2017, as well as a Research Enhancement Award from the Graduate School.

Prior to her doctoral studies at MSU, Kate was a secondary mathematics teacher in Wisconsin for 5 years.

Kate has accepted a position as the Director of Quantitative Reasoning at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Her job begins in early January 2020. We wish her the best in her scholarly and personal pursuits!

See photos below of Kate with her parents, and with her husband, Tyler.

Kate and ParentsKate and husband, Tyler