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Rebecca Layton, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor, STEM Education/Math


Rebecca Layton is a clinical assistant professor of mathematics education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She teaches mathematics education courses and supervises field placements. Rebecca also supports the Office of School-Based Experiences in which she assists with virtual learning and managing supervision assignments. She also serves as the Media Specialist for the East Tennessee STEM Hub and Center for Enhancing Education in Mathematics and Sciences (CEEMS). 

She is interested in helping mathematics classrooms develop positive dispositions and growth mindsets towards mathematics where students believe in themselves and think they can learn and do mathematics at high levels. She is also interested in high quality and student-centered implementations of educational technology in physical and virtual learning settings. 

Rebecca has wanted to be a teacher for as long as she can remember. Her career in education began in 2010 as a middle school mathematics teacher in Knox County, Tennessee. She attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in middle grades and mathematics education. During her time teaching, Rebecca earned an Educational Specialist degree in educational administration and supervision from Lincoln Memorial University and served as a technology assistant coach. After six years of teaching middle grades mathematics, Rebecca returned to the University of Tennessee and earned a Doctor of Philosophy in education with a concentration in mathematics education and educational technology.

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Contact Information

  • A407 Bailey Education Complex, 1122 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996
  • Phone: 865-974-4235
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