Dr. Patricia Vela

Patricia Vela is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Agnes Scott College. She was the recipient of the National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship in 2016 for her research on how technological artifacts, such as robots, can serve as thinking tools to make mathematics more accessible and enjoyable to students. Her research is motivated by her experiences as a mathematics student and her nine years teaching high school mathematics. Through her work, she hopes to infuse the mathematics curriculum with task that strengthens students’ mathematical knowledge and their enjoyment for mathematics.