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Melissa M. Soto, Assistant Professor
Email: melissa.soto@mail.sdsu.edu
Office: NE 83B
Phone: 619.594.0160

Professional Biography

Melissa Soto, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education where she teaches mathematics methods at the credential and masters level and supervises student teachers. She is also a member of the Joint UCSD/SDSU Doctoral Program in Mathematics and Science Education. Dr. Soto specializing in Cognitively Guided Instruction and young children's mathematical thinking. Her areas of interest include investigating elementary children’s sense making when solving story problems, providing mathematical professional development opportunities for elementary teachers, and examining ways to implement mobile technology in the classroom. She is presently researching the affordances of screencasts in documenting children's mathematical explanations and as a formative assessment tool for teachers.

Education (degrees earned)


Ph.D. Mathematics Education, University of California, Davis
M.Ed. Mathematics Education, University of Central Florida
B.A. Elementary Education, University of North Florida

Selected Publications


Soto, M. M., & Ambrose, R. (2014). Making students' mathematical explanations accessible to teachers through the use of digital recorders and iPads. Learning, Media and Technology, (ahead-of-print), 1-20.

Hargis, J., Cavanaugh, C., Kamali, T., & Soto, M. (2013). Measuring the difficult to measure: iPad mobile learning. International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 3(2), 60-77.

Soto, M. M., & Ambrose, R. C. (2011). A perspective of change: A teacher’s evolution through professional development. In L. R. Wiest & T. Lamberg. (Eds.). Proceedings of the 33rd annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (pp. 1603-1611). Reno, NV: University of Nevada, Reno.

Ambrose, R., Soto, M., & Alexander, C. (2011). Does it still “work”: CGI in a contemporary CA high-poverty district. In L. R. Wiest & T. Lamberg. (Eds.). Proceedings of the 33rd annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (pp. 862-869). Reno, NV: University of Nevada, Reno.

Courses Taught


TE 910A Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School
TE 965 Basic Student Teaching in Elementary Schools
MTHED 600 Teaching and Learning Mathematics in the Early Grades

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