Noelle
Conforti Preszler, Ph.D.

Visiting
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education

Department of
Mathematics |
Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, WA

Website:
www.plu.edu/~conforna

Email:
nconfortipreszler[at]plu[dot]edu

Other
Emails: noelle.conforti.preszler[at]gmail[dot]com,
noellecp[at]uw[dot]edu

**Research
Interests: **

My research focuses on understanding both experiences of students as they engage in rigorous mathematics learning and experiences of teachers as they enact ambitious mathematics teaching. I focus primarily on how students experience such classrooms, and have particular interests in how first exposures to inquiry-based learning can be transformative experiences for students. This is especially relevant to future teachers, whose practices will be influenced by their experiences as students, and contributes to our understanding of the implementation of inquiry-based teaching methods, supplementing research which articulates what it looks like for teachers to use inquiry-based methods. I also focus my research on ways to support teachers as they enact more inquiry-based teaching methods, which includes teachers at the K-12 level and instructors of undergraduate mathematics. My research focuses are strongly linked to my teaching experiences, which center on content and pedagogical preparation of future teachers in ways that promote deep mathematical understanding and the development of positive dispositions towards mathematics.

**Teaching:**

“*...ultimately
the value of knowledge is subordinate to its use in thinking. For we
live not in a settled and finished world, but in one which is going
on, and where our main task is prospective...” (Dewey, 1916)*

I believe learning to understand and use knowledge effectively should be the primary goal of education. Rather than focus on endless lists of content to memorize or master, enthusiasm for learning and confidence in knowledge application should be fostered. To this end, mathematics classrooms should be places where learning is actively going on, where students are engaged in mathematical thinking.

**Pacific Lutheran University (2014-Present)**Math 115 – College Algebra and Trigonometry (2 sections Fall 2014)

Math 123 – Modern Elementary Math I (Number sense and Algebraic sense) (Spring 2015)

Math 124 – Modern Elementary Math II (Measurement, Geometric sense, Statistics and Probability) (Spring 2015)

Math 128 – Linear Models and Calculus (Spring 2015)

Math/Educ 446 – Mathematics in Secondary Education (Methods) (Fall 2014)

**University of Washington (2010-2014)**TEDSM 517/TEDUC 560 – Elementary and Secondary Mathematics Methods (joint course) (Autumn 2013)

EDUC 170 - Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers (Spring 2011, Summer 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Spring 2014)

EDUC 401 - Inner Pipeline Math and Science Seminar: (Exploration of current educational topics in math and science in K-12 schools while tutoring at partner schools)(Spring 2012)

EDPSY 501 - Human Learning and Educational Practice (Grader) (Autumn 2011)

**Wingate University (2009-2010)**Math 115 - Precalculus (Fall 2009)

Math 116 - Quantitative Reasoning (Spring 2010)

Math 117 - Calculus for Business Majors (Spring 2010)

**University of Utah (2007-2009)**Math 1010 - Intermediate Algebra (Spring 2009, Spring 2008)

Math 1050 - College Algebra (Summer 2008)

Math 1090 - College Algebra for Business and Social Sciences (Fall 2007)

Math 1100 - Quantitative Analysis (Business Calculus) (Summer 2009)

Math 1210 - Calculus I (Fall 2008)

**Links**:

Pacific
Lutheran University Mathematics Department

__Utah
Mathematical Biology Program__