Christa's area of research includes conceptualizing teachers' knowledge of equity, specifically in teaching mathematics to African American students. Her work focuses on effective mathematics instruction at the elementary and middle levels, the preparation of prospective and in-service mathematics teachers, STEM Education, STEM literacy, STEM curricula development, strategies to help students who struggle in mathematics, and mathematics teachers' conceptions of equity.
Christa is a mathematics teacher educator whose research and teaching focuses on equity issues in mathematics education and preparing pre-service teachers, graduate students, and in-service teachers to teach mathematics through an equitable lens. Her work also centers on inspiring and motivating females and students of color to pursue STEM careers. Christa has published her work in journals such as School Science and Mathematics, Journal of Educational Research, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, and Teaching Children Mathematics, and she has presented at professional conferences both locally and nationally. Christa teaches an elementary mathematics methods course, geometry for K-12 teachers, and is a STaR (Service, Teaching, and Research) Fellow, which is a program for early career mathematics educators that was funded by the National Science Foundation. Christa is serving as a School Science and Mathematics Association Board Member at Large and the Director of the STEM InCYte Camp. Outside of work, she enjoys playing games, the outdoors, and reading.
Ph.D., Curriculum Instruction Mathematics Education, University of Missouri, Columbia, 2010