Mollie's research aims to understand and support teacher learning of both pre-service and in-service mathematics teachers. Mollie is particularly interested in the influence of teacher education on teacher practice and investigates how mathematics education coursework emerges in teachers' classrooms. Through her work with the National Science Foundation funded study, Middle-school Mathematics and the Institutional Setting of Teaching (MIST), she researches teacher learning in the context of teacher collaborative time and how collaborative time supports teachers' learning about curriculum. She has presented her work at local conferences, as well as national conferences such as National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and American Educational Researchers Association (AERA).
Prior to becoming a professor, Mollie taught elementary, middle and high school mathematics in Los Angeles public schools and later supported first-year secondary math teachers in Los Angeles area schools. After experiencing and observing the challenges that teachers and students often face, her goal as a researcher and an instructor are to support future and current mathematics teachers to create and maintain mathematics classrooms that build on student assets and design instruction that builds on student thinking.
Mollie teaches courses in mathematics education for elementary education majors and is currently teaching CI 448 Teaching Children Mathematics.
Outside of ISU and her time in schools, she enjoys spirited games of Rummikub with her family, lollygagging on Iowa rivers in a kayak and remodeling her mid-century home.
Ph.D. Education, Urban Schooling with a focus on math education, University of California, Los Angeles, 2012