Fontana Family Graduate Tuition Scholarship
School of Education
Developing Sophisticated Graphical Understanding in Middle School Students
Allison Gantt is a Ph.D.in Education student specializing in Mathematics Education. Her research interests are focused on the interplay between the development of mathematical identity and beliefs, social practice in the mathematics classroom, and the development of specific conceptual understanding in middle school settings.
Before beginning the program, Allison taught secondary mathematics for seven years, primarily in her hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. She has also taught, studied, and worked abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico. Allison has significant experience in curriculum design and linking research to teaching practice. She has also been involved in educational leadership opportunities through organizations such as the Delaware Teachers Institute and Delaware Mathematics Coalition.
- B.A., Mathematics and Educational Studies, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
- Graduate Research Assistant, School of Education, University of Delaware, 2020–present
- Secondary Mathematics Teacher, The John Dickinson School, Wilmington, DE, 2015–2020
- Secondary Mathematics and Technology Teacher, Instituto Internacional Octavio Paz, Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico, 2013–2014
- Research Assistant, Department of Educational Studies, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, 2011–2014
Honors and Awards
- Fontana Family Graduate Tuition Scholarship, College of Education and Human Development, University of Delaware, 2020
- Teacher of the Year, The John Dickinson School, 2019–2020
- Mabel M. Elliott Outstanding Mathematics Student Teacher Award, Swarthmore College, 2013
- AERA Undergraduate Research Training Workshop, American Educational Research Association, 2011
- McCabe Scholar, Swarthmore College, 2009–2013