Katherine Vela

School of Teacher Education and Leadership

Assistant Professor, Mathematics Education


Katherine Vela

Contact Information

Office Location: USU Eastern - Price
Phone: 435-613-5018
Email: katherine.vela@usu.edu
Additional Information:

Educational Background

PhD, Curriculum & Instruction, (Mathematics Education), Texas A&M University, 2020
Empow“her”ing Female Students to Pursue STEM Fields
Other, Quantitative Research Methods, Texas A&M University, 2019
Other, Principal Certification, Lamar University, 2014
MS, Curriculum & Instruction, (Mathematics Education), Texas A&M University, 2011
Pre-Service Teachers' and Students' (Mis)Conceptions About the Equal Sign
BS, Interdisciplinary Studies, (Mathematics/Science Grades 4-8), Texas A&M University, 2007

Licensures & Certifications

Advanced Research Methods Certificate, Texas A&M University
Principal Certificate (EC-12), Texas Education Agency
Generalist (Grades 4-8) Teacher Certificate, Texas Education Agency
English as a Second Language Supplemental (Grades 4-8) , Texas Education Agency
Mathematics/Science (Grades 4-8) Teacher Certificate, Texas Education Agency

Biography

I received a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction. I have nine years of various experiences in Texas schools. Personally, I love spending time with my family and three dogs.

Teaching Interests

My current teaching interests include teaching orientation to elementary education and the mathematics methods courses for pre-service teachers.

Research Interests

My current research interests include empowering more female students to pursue STEM education. I also have an interest in improving teacher education to better prepare teachers entering the classroom.

Awards

School of Teacher Education and Leadership – Faculty Teacher of the Year, 2022

School of Teacher Education and Leadership

STaR Fellow, 2021

Association of Mathematics Teacher Eductors

Research Fellow, 2021

Center for Intersectional Gender Studies and Research


An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Journal Articles

Academic Journal

    Professional Journal

    • Wheeler, L., Hagevik, R., Trundle, K., Parslow, M., Vela, K., The birds, and the bees, the flowers and the trees. . Science Scope
    • Miles, S., Vela, K., (2022). Asking for help is a key to success: The relationship between student help seeking skills and mathematics self-efficacy. School Science and Mathematics, 1-10.
    • Trundle, K.C, Hagevik, R., Wheeler, L., Vela, K., Parslow, M., Joy, D., (2022). The 3-H social and emotional learning cycle and the three sisters garden. Science Activities
    • Vela, K., Parslow, M., Hagevik, R., Trundle, K., (2022). Give plants an inch, They’ll take a yard. Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12, 115:10, 722-729.

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Publications | Other

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Teaching

    ELED 1010 - Orientation to Elementary Education, Fall 2022
    ELED 4062 - Teaching Elementary School Mathematics II: Number, Operations, and Algebraic Reasoning, Fall 2022
    TEAL 1010 - Introduction to Education, Spring 2022
    ELED 4062 - Teaching Elementary School Mathematics II: Number, Operations, and Algebraic Reasoning, Spring 2022
    ELED 1010 - Orientation to Elementary Education, Fall 2021
    ELED 4061 - Teaching Elementary School Mathematics I: Rational Numbers, Operations, and Proportional Reasoning, Fall 2021
    ELED 4062 - Teaching Elementary School Mathematics II: Number, Operations, and Algebraic Reasoning, Fall 2021
    TEAL 6523 - Mathematics for Teaching K-8 - Algebraic Reasoning, Spring 2021
    TEAL 5523 - Mathematics for Teaching K-8: Algebraic Reasoning, Spring 2021
    TEAL 5521 - Mathematics for Teaching K-8: Numbers and Operations, Spring 2021
    ELED 1010 - Orientation to Elementary Education, Spring 2021
    ELED 4062, 4063 - Teaching Elementary School Mathematics II: Number, Operations, and Algebraic Reasoning, Spring 2021
    ELED 1010 - Orientation to Elementary Education, Fall 2020
    ELED 4062, 4063 - Teaching Elementary School Mathematics II: Number, Operations, and Algebraic Reasoning, Fall 2020

    Graduate Students Mentored

    KimberLeigh Hadfield, Teacher Education & Leadership, May 2022
    Abby Wahl, Teacher Education & Leadership, May 2022
    Annelise Evans, Teacher Education & Leadership, May 2022
    Morgan McLaws, Teacher Education & Leadership, May 2022
    Michelle Parslow, Teacher Education & Leadership, August 2020
    Sandra Miles, Teacher Education & Leadership, August 2020
    Danielle Divis (Townsend), Teacher Education & Leadership, October 2020 - April 2022