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Erica B

- Research Program Mentor

EdM at Johns Hopkins University


Education, specifically in secondary education for mathematics


I am a passionate educator who is striving to teach mathematics in an approchable and applicable way. I include manipulatives and white boards in my instruction to make lessons engaging and create projects so students can see real-world applications of the concepts they are learning. My goal is to give students the skills to solve problems and think critically inside and outside the classroom. Outside the classroom I love to spend time outside gardening, running, hiking and camping. I also enjoy reading, excercising, and spending time with family and friends.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Literature review for teaching mathematics

There are so many methods for teaching certain concepts in mathematics. However as more research is done, some methods have been proven to be more effective than others. What are the best methods for introducing a concept? Is it the same for every concept or for every grade level? What is the most efficient and effective way to help students learn math? These questions can be examined by doing a literature review. The results can be presented in a variety of ways, like a research paper or podcast.

Real World Applications - Mathematics

"When will I ever use this?" Many students ask this question when learning mathematics. Math makes up the world around us and is used every day in ways many people don't realize and projects can help students realize how math is used in the real world. This project will involve picking concept(s) and creating a project that uses those concepts in a real-world application. The parts of the project that should be included are the directions to the project, standards the project applies to, a rubric, and an example of a completed project.

Teaching experience

I have been teaching high school and middle school math for the past 9 years and have been working in special education for the past 5 years.


Work experience

Audubon Jr./Sr. High School (2018 - Current)
Special Education Math teacher
College Achieve Charter School (2016 - 2018)
Middle School Math Teacher
People's Prep Charter School (2014 - 2016)
High School Math Teacher


Muhlenberg College
BS Bachelor of Science (2014)
Math & Environmental Science
Johns Hopkins University
EdM Master of Education (2018)
Secondary Education - Concentration in Mathematics

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