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Dr. Usha Kotelawala

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Usha Kotelawala
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education, Graduate School of Education
Fordham University

Usha Kotelawala is the Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at Fordham University's Graduate School of Education.  She teaches courses in mathematics education for elementary and secondary teachers.  Her research has focused on applied mathematics, proving, and Lesson Study.  She began collecting interesting mathematics problems in the fourth grade and has never stopped.  She began teaching in a Catholic high school in the Seattle and then moved to teaching in the New York City public schools.  She also worked as a coach and lead coach in teaching mathematics.  She has worked for COMAP in editing and professional development roles.  She received a bachelor's degree from Claremont McKenna College, a master's from Teacher College, and her Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Subject Areas of Interest:
  • math

Education Areas of Interest:
  • math content-specific pedagogy courses
  • education in high need schools
  • urban education
  • interdisciplinary approaches
  • project-based learning
  • recruitment
  • retention