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Professor, Faculty of Education/ Department of Mathematics

Most of my research looks at how young children develop an understanding of numbers. When my son was in kindergarten his teacher told me he couldn’t count. I was shocked. In my view as the parent, I thought he was a genius.

This started a lifelong period of reflection. What surprised me as I’ve been doing the research is the power of the parents. But we haven’t invested in the parents.

Two years ago I started researching how leadership and policy evolves in the university sector. I think leadership is very deeply rooted in the actions the person takes, the actions they take over time, and how those impact individuals in basic ways. We don’t recognize instances of leadership when there isn’t a title attached to it. Education is the greatest equalizer.

So from a social justice perspective, both aspects of my research really look toward leveraging advantage to an individual and that’s what continues to draw me to that work today.

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