Susan Gay Scholarship 2015 Recipient
Illinois State University,
Ms. Wessman-Enzinger is a PhD candidate in mathematics education at Illinois State University (ISU). Before entering the PhD program at ISU, she was a high school mathematics teacher for five years and a mathematics professor at a university for two years. While a PhD student, she has had the opportunity to teach elementary pre-service teachers both content and methods classes. While currently working on her dissertation, Developing Conceptual Models of Integer Addition and Subtraction, she is investigating fifth graders’ thinking and learning of integer addition and subtraction to develop more robust descriptions of the conceptual models of integers. Although her dissertation work is focused on children’s thinking about integers, she is broadly interested in how all learners think about integers and has also begun research with elementary pre-service teachers’ thinking about integers. Ms. Wessman-Enzinger has expressed appreciation for the opportunity to receive the Susan Gay Scholarship, saying, "AMTE is a supportive organization with members that will extend and push my thinking about both my research and my teaching. I look forward to being a part of the conference this year and in the years to come!"