I'm drawn to my field because....I have always wanted to make a difference in education. As an undergraduate student at New College, I was able to create my own major. Under the general field of Humanities, I focused on studying the history and philosophy of education, and my undergraduate thesis deconstructed the current educational reforms of the time using Derrida-inspired and Deweyian lenses. I naively dedicated my thesis to the “transformation of the public education system in the U.S.,” but this still remains my passion, albeit on a much smaller scale. Once I received tenure, I decided to make a concerted approach to focus my energy on bridging the gap between research and practice (which I detail below). I didn’t want to die without making some small impact on public schooling in America. I love that I can do all this as an education professor.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
I study teachers' beliefs, mathematics education, conceptual change, and school reform.
First, I'm a mom of two boys and the wife of Tracy Gill, a NASA engineer. I'm an avid reader, and I have recently rediscovered my love of cycling. I have taken a teacher certification course in Power Yoga. I love to experiment with cooking, and my favorite place to be is outside. I have a strong Catholic faith, and I love to spent time in quiet prayer outside listening to the trees whisper and birds sing.