Katherine Vela

School of Teacher Education & Leadership

Assistant Professor


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

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

Research Interests

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


Teaching

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

Danielle Divis (Townsend), School of Teacher Education & Leadership, October 2020
Michelle Parslow, School of Teacher Education & Leadership, August 2020
Sandra Miles, School of Teacher Education & Leadership, August 2020