The TEU Director of Mathematics Education
Meet the TEU Director of Mathematics Education
RK Doering is a mathematics educator in Providence, committed to helping students increase their confidence with mathematics and understand how math has applications in many aspects of our lives. After graduating from Case Western Reserve University, RK joined the Rhode Island Teaching Fellows Program to learn highly effective strategies for urban education. RK has taught at a combination of public and independent schools over the last 8 years, and will be teaching at Wheeler School in the fall.
RK has been involved with the Mathematics TEU program for the last three years, serving as a mentor, co-director, and now director. Being a mentor over the last two years has been a favorite part of RK's summers because of the opportunity to work closely with undergraduates from across the country and inspire them to pursue teaching mathematics as a profession. As a mentor and instructor, RK often emphasizes that teaching and learning are cyclical processes. Instructors teach our students and, more importantly, we learn from them. This cyclical learning is evident both in the Methods of Mathematics course and in the TEU interns' own classrooms. RK loves thinking about teaching math creatively, trying new strategies to foster the Standards for Mathematical Practice, and observing the unique lessons that the TEU interns design each year.
In addition to their love of mathematics and education, RK is committed to diversity and equity work in many aspects of their life. RK is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and Alpha Phi Omega, and was active both during college and as an alum. The organizations' combined values of Personal Excellence, Scholarship, Leadership, Friendship, and Service serve as a foundation of RK's life. RK is deeply passionate about issues of social justice and is excited to be able to build community in our program this summer. RK has facilitated diversity and identity workshops and affinity groups for both teens and adults, in addition to presenting and being a panelist at both local and national conferences. RK is committed to learning and self-growth both in and outside of the classroom, and is especially interested in helping POC, QTPOC, and LGBTQIA+ folks thrive in academic spaces.