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PRIME Welcomes New Doctoral Students for Fall 2020

PRIME is delighted to welcome four new outstanding mathematics education doctoral students this fall: Elias “Eli” Claffey, Alicia Matthews-Johnson, Michael Quail, and Kathryn “Katie” Westby.

Elias Claffey PhotoEli was a high school math teacher for four years, teaching in both New Hampshire and Colorado public schools. He received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Colorado State University, Fort Collins. He is interested in K-12 research with practices that increase transfer of knowledge and retention, the positive and negative effects of student perception in math, as well as the benefits of students frequently engaging in math discourse.

Alicia Matthews-Johnson PhotoAlicia taught secondary mathematics for a number of years in the Detroit area, and most recently, at Sylvan Learning Center in Grand Rapids. She is interested in cognitive development and learning, with a goal of teaching college level developmental math and providing instructional support for current and future math teachers. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Lincoln University in Missouri and a master of education degree in mathematics from Wayne State University.

Mike Quail PhotoMike has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, German, and philosophy from the University of Michigan, and a master’s degree in mathematics education from Northwestern University. He is interested in researching the mathematical knowledge required for teachers to effectively educate their students, and how students acquire an understanding of new mathematical concepts. He has taught mathematics part time at Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College for several years.

Katie Westby PhotoKatie has associates degrees in Natural Science and Mathematics, and in Engineering Science, a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Psychology, and a master’s degree in Moderate Special Education. She plans to conduct research related to positioning and authority in mathematics classrooms as they segregate—albeit not always physically—SWD (Students With Disabilities) and the effects of this positioning in the development of SWD’s identities. Katie has been a high school math and special education teacher for over ten years, mostly in Vermont.

Please join us in welcoming them to MSU!