I am driven by the belief that our education system is more than just a structure for learning facts. Our schools were made to set a foundation for how to successfully function and use one's personal interests and strengths in his or her specific callings in the real world. Teachers are the heart of this structure and the opportunities I have been granted to guide students are what keep me motivated to continue my work as an educator.
As a mathematics educator, I am committed to improving the learning experiences of students. Many of them come to their classes with negative attitudes toward the content and possess low self-esteem in their skills as a mathematics student. Mathematics classrooms are in need of teachers who will help build up students’ confidence in mathematics so they do not fear taking risks and immersing themselves in their learning. As more students continue to develop angst toward the subject with the many changes going on in education, it is important to me to advocate for students and support teachers in providing quality mathematics learning that is engaging, inclusive, and relevant.
Technology in Teaching Mathematics
My time in the classroom has greatly impacted my desire to contribute to improving the classroom experiences and has shaped my research interests in mathematics education. My research focuses on mathematics anxiety and motivation in learning mathematics. With many students and even some teachers being fearful of mathematics, I am committed to helping our community of educators gain knowledge on how to diffuse negative student attitudes toward mathematics through the use of effective pedagogical strategies and an understanding of the importance of a serving and supportive attitude.
Ed.D. 2015 Mathematics Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
M.A. 2008 Teaching, University of San Francisco
B.S. 2007 Mathematics, University of San Francisco
California State Clear Teaching Credential, Single Subject, Mathematics
New York State Teaching Certification, Grades 7-12, Mathematics
Quan, S & Cuadrado, M. (2013). Changing it up. Teachers College Mathematical Modeling Handbook II: The Assessments. Bedford, MA: The Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP).
Quan, S. (2013). Flipping for a grade. Teachers College Mathematical Modeling Handbook II: The Assessments. Bedford, MA: The Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP).
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Psi Chi (University of San Francisco Chapter)
Kappa Delta Pi (Teachers College, Columbia University Chapter)