2022 Susan Gay Travel Scholarship Recipient
Michigan State University
Kristin Doherty is a Ph.D. student at Michigan State University in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education program with a focus in mathematics teacher education. Her scholarly interests are in preparing preservice and inservice teachers to facilitate mathematics discussions at the elementary and middle school levels, with implications for equity and justice. Her research strives to improve the mathematics learning experiences of students, particularly for children of marginalized backgrounds. Ultimately, her goal is for mathematics learning to incorporate more student voice, be culturally responsive, and focus on conceptual understanding over memorizing steps to get right answers. Kristin’s research is informed by her experience as a mathematics teacher at the upper elementary and middle school levels. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Kristin worked at a small charter school in Detroit, Michigan as the school-wide mathematics coordinator for grades K-8 as well as the school's middle school mathematics teacher. Kristin’s teaching experience also includes teaching fifth and sixth grade (all subjects) at a Montessori school. Currently, she teaches mathematics methods courses to preservice teachers majoring in elementary education at Michigan State University. Kristin also has experience working on multiple research teams with focuses in the following domains: equitable mathematics teaching, teacher questioning practices, high leverage practices, mathematical quality of instruction (MQI instrument), and teachers’ curricular decision making.