Candidate for Vice President for Constitution and Policy

Joy Darley

Present position: Member

Universities Attended and Degrees Held

  • University of South Carolina (2005)
    Ph.D. Mathematics Education

  • Georgia Southern College (1984)
    M.Ed. Secondary Mathematics

  • Georgia Southern College (1982)
    B.S.Ed. Mathematics Education



Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor of Mathematics Education, Georgia Southern University (2011– present);
  • Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education, Georgia Southern University (2005– 2011);
  • Instructor of 9th – 10th grade mathematics, Jenkins County High School (2003 – 2005);
  • Temporary Instructor of Mathematics, Georgia Southern University (1991 – 2003);
  • Instructor of 9th – 12th grade mathematics, Statesboro High School (1984 – 1991);
  • Instructor of 9th – 12th grade mathematics, Jenkins County High School (1983 – 1984);
  • Instructor of 8th grade mathematics, Marvin Pittman Laboratory School (1982 – 1983)

GCTM Offices/Committees

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Other Professional Organizations and Offices

  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
  • Georgia Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (GAMTE)
  • School Science & Mathematics Association (SSMA)

Honors

  • Excellence in Teaching AWARD – College of Science & Mathematics (2012)
  • Co-Principal Investigator for Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program (2008 – 2015)
  • Conference Organizer, Georgia Scholarship of STEM Teaching & Learning Conference,
    Georgia Southern University (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012)
  • Workshop Co-coordinator, New Faculty Workshop
    College of Science & Mathematics (Summers 2014, 2013, 2012)
  • Director for Camp Invention (Camp for rising 1st – 6th graders)
    at Georgia Southern University (Upcoming Summer 2015)
  • Member of University System of Georgia STEM Initiative II working group (2012 – present)
  • Reviewer for Teaching Children Mathematics (2008 – present),
    Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School (2007 – present), and
    Mathematics Teacher (2010 – present)

Relevant Publications

  • Author (with Leapard, B): Connecting arithmetic to algebra: using performance assessments with pre-service teachers to build a firm foundation for the division algorithm. Teaching Children Mathematics. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: Reston, VA., 17 (3). (2010 Focus Issue)

  • Author: Building confidence in algebraic operations: traveling from fractions to rational expressions on the number line – Part II, Reflections. Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 53 (2) (2009)

  • Author: Understanding variables: traveling from arithmetic to algebra on the number line. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: Reston, VA., 14 (8). (2009 Focus Issue)

  • Author: Building confidence in algebraic operations: traveling from fractions to rational expressions on the number line – Part I, Reflections. Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 53 (1) (2009).

  • [Also published in (2009) Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 34 (7).]

Candidate Statement

The Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics is by far the most influential advocate for mathematics teaching and learning in the state of Georgia. As a mathematics educator for 32 years, I take the job of educating the future work force very seriously. My experiences as a classroom teacher, university professor, and STEM Conference organizer will bring a diverse set of experiences to the GCTM Board.

As a former high school teacher, I understand the challenges facing K-12 educators and appreciate the role of professional development in helping these teachers meet those challenges. However, many K-12 educators are not encouraged to pursue professional development for various reasons. As a member of the executive board, I will strive to advocate for more mathematics teachers to attend the GCTM conference. As a university professor, I have the honor of preparing pre-service elementary and middle grades teachers to teach mathematics and the privilege of working with pre-service secondary teachers. In addition, I have always been a spokesperson for students learning arithmetic in a manner which will easily transfer to algebraic understanding and eventually enable students to better understand calculus. As conference organizer for the Georgia Scholarship of STEM Teaching & Learning conference, I have invited K-12 teachers, university professors, industry, and policy makers to come together. Effective change can only occur when all stakeholders are present and willing to work together. Hence, a growth mindset is an important attribute for mathematics teachers of all levels.

The Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics acknowledges the importance of a solid foundation of mathematics for all students and has always been an active voice in support of mathematics teachers. As a member of the executive board, I would be honored to uphold the high standards for which the GCTM has always stood.