**PhD Candidate in Mathematics Education**

#### Coordinator of the EE Nano GK-12 Program

#### Former Science Posse Program Coordinator

**Consultant, bby Publications, University of West Alabama**

**Education:**

M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Wyoming

* Thesis Topic: Reconstruction of Conductivity in Circular Networks.*

B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Wyoming

* Undergraduate Research
- Multi-Prime RSA
- Prime Number Theorem*

**Teaching experience:**

**Current Research:**

As related in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, the United States consistently ranks outside the top ten when it comes to average mathematics scores. Perhaps more worrisome, between 1995 and 2007, while the top six countries greatly increased their average scores, the United States showed little change. One hypothesized reason for this is the continued decline of American's perception and attitude towards mathematics, that is the idea that only those naturally gifted at it can do math, and perhaps even more dangerous, the idea that it is ‘ok' to be bad at math. This poor math attitude is perhaps a significant factor in the comparatively low math achievement of students in the United States, which limits students' education and career options and makes it harder for the United States to compete an increasingly global world.

How, however, is this devaluation of mathematics passed on from generation to generation? When is it that children develop a fear of mathematics? Perhaps it is something that is passed on at the earliest levels of education, from teacher to student in the elementary classroom. My research focuses on trying to discover what, if any, attitudes towards mathematics are passed down from teacher to student and how that transference affects the mathematical experience which consists of both a students beliefs and attitudes towards mathematics as well as their mathematical achievement or aptitude of the students.

**Lesson Plans Megan has developed:**

Was Bluebeard Just a Lucky Pirate?: A Lesson on Vectors

**Topics Megan can bring to your classroom:**

You Can Never Escape Math

Why We Need Math in Everyday Life

Vector Arithmetic

Making and Breaking Codes

Global Positioning Units (GPS)