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Apraiz, Kristen



Clinical Assistant Professor
Mathematics Education
School of Teaching and Learning

College of Education
University of Florida
G509 Norman Hall
PO Box 117048
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: 352-273-4230
Fax: 352-846-0131
kapraiz@coe.ufl.edu

Teaching and Research Biography

As a clinical assistant professor in mathematics education, Dr. Kristen Apraiz has been engaged in mathematics teacher preparation in both the elementary and secondary school programs. She is currently most involved in the mathematics coordination and teaching in the UFTeach program, a UTeach institute member program with minors in secondary mathematics and science education. The program philosophy for the UFTeach program focuses on providing preservice teachers with field experiences that challenge their notion of what it means to teach secondary mathematics and structuring opportunities for reflection to grow as educators. She helps to build partnerships with local K – 12 schools and non-profit organizations where the UFTeach preservice teachers have opportunities to work with educators and students.

Dr. Apraiz’s research interests include teacher education for both preservice and practicing teachers. She is interested in field experiences for secondary mathematics preservice teachers, developing reflective preservice teachers, and the role of technology in preservice teacher education. Currently, she serves as the mathematics facilitator for the Prime Online: Teacher Pedagogical Content Knowledge and Research-based Practice in Inclusive Elementary Mathematics Classrooms project.

Degrees

Ph.D. – Curriculum and Instruction, University of Florida, 2014

M.S. – Mathematics Education, Florida State University, 2004

B.S. – Secondary Mathematics Education, Florida State University, 2003

Activities and Honors

Preview Advisor for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida 2014 – present

Faculty Advising/Mentor of the Year, College of Education, University of Florida, 2019

Undergraduate Teacher of the Year, College of Education, University of Florida, 2015

Selected Publications

Apraiz, K., Evans, G., & Dana, T. (2020). Aligning field and classroom experiences for secondary STEM teacher preparation. In J. Goodell & S. Koc (Eds.), Preparing STEM teachers. Charlotte, NC: Information Age.