Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight: Dr. Monica Gonzalez

headshot of Monica GonzalezName: Monica Gonzalez

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Degree(s): BS in Elementary Education, Med in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Mathematics Education, PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Mathematics Education

Why did you choose to be an educator/professor?

I chose to be an educator because I want to ensure ALL students have access to high quality mathematics instruction. As an elementary teacher, I worked with students and families to ensure students could understand and apply the mathematics that was taught in schools while leveraging their home languages and funds of knowledge. I decided to become a teacher educator so that I could help more teachers do the same type of work with even more students.

What do you love about ECU?

I love the people at ECU. The other professors and instructors truly care about the students, both at ECU and in the K-12 schools. The ECU students in the College of Education are committed to providing equitable instruction. This gives me so much hope for the future of North Carolina schools.

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