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San Diego State University


CRMSE Accepts Two New Members

June 18, 2014

Dr. Melissa Soto, incoming assistant professor of mathematics education in SDSU's School of Teacher Education (STE), and Dr. Bill Zahner, incoming assistant professor of mathematics education in SDSU's Department of Mathematics and Statistics, have been accepted as new members of the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education.

Dr. Soto has just completed her doctorate in Mathematics Education at the University of California, Davis, where she was advised by Dr. Rebecca Ambrose, a former STE faculty member.   She holds Florida teaching credentials in elementary education (K-6) and mathematics education (grades 5 - 9), and is bilingual in English and Spanish.  She has taught third and fifth grade in Florida.  She also is an experienced professional development leader, conducting numerous sessions on Cognitively Guided Instruction for elementary teachers.  

Dr. Zahner comes from the Boston University School of Education, where he held a position as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education. He received his doctorate in mathematics and science education from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2011. He has been a fellow and active member of the Center for the Mathematics Education of Latinos (CEMELA) and has focused his research program on the impact of language diversity on mathematics teaching and learning.