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Theresa Hopkins, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor, VolsTeach, STEM Education/Math

Biography

Theresa Hopkins is a clinical associate professor of mathematics education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Since her earliest years, Theresa has been excited about and drawn to teaching. Her parents instilled a love for learning and several of her teachers during middle school and high school cemented her decision to pursue a career in teaching. She earned a BS in mathematics education from the University of Tennessee and taught for twelve years in southern middle Tennessee at a junior high school and high school, teaching mathematics courses from 8th grade mathematics through precalculus. She began to work on an advanced degree at Middle Tennessee State University when life brought her back to Knoxville. It was at the University of Tennessee, while working to complete her master’s degree, that Theresa made the decision to move from teaching mathematics to preparing future math teachers. She earned her PhD from the University of Tennessee, and began working as a post-doctoral fellow and the University of Tennessee in 2004, then later was hired as a clinical faculty member.

Currently, Professor Hopkins is interested in how to scaffold field placements for students entering the teaching field, how students transfer knowledge about teaching to their planning, and instruction, how teachers can ensure their students are engaged and thinking about mathematics, elementary school teachers’ understanding of place value, and how to support new teachers. She works primarily within the VolsTeach program, preparing future science technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers. She teaches courses as well as supervises field placements, from their first classes through their apprentice teaching semester. Theresa has been an active member in several professional organizations, including serving on an National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) regional conference committee,  a founding board member of USEA, and a conference committee member for Association of Public and Land-grant University’s (APLU) Science and Mathematics Teaching Imperative (SMTI) group. Additionally, she oversees the VolsTeach induction program.


Education

Doctor of Philosophy (Teacher Education), University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Master of Education (Mathematics Education), University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Bachelor of Science (Mathematics Education), University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Curriculum Vitae


Professional Service

Secretary, UTeach STEM Educators Association (USEA), 2014-2017

Program Committee Member, NCTM Regional Conference, Albuquerque, NM November 2011

Manuscript Reviewer, Teaching Children Mathematics, 2007- current

Professional Development Provider, Grand Oaks Elementary School, Anderson County 2011-2012

Member at Large, Appalachian Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, 2005-2008


Awards and Recognitions

Second Place, Rural Education SIG of the American Educational Research Association’s Dissertation of the Year, 2005

University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Citation for Extraordinary Professional Promise, April 2002

Inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, November 2001

University of Tennessee College of Education Graduate Student of the Year in Mathematics Education, May 2001

Building and System-level Teacher of the Year, Tullahoma High School, 2000

Building-level Teacher of the Year, North Junior High School, 1995

Building-level Teacher of the Year, North Junior High School, 1992


Publications

Selected articles, books, and book chapters

Cady, J. A., Price, J. H., & Hopkins, T. M. (2014). Impacting early childhood teachers’ understanding of the complexities of place value. Journal of Early Childhood Education 35(1), 79-97.

Cady, J. A., Hopkins, T. M., & Rearden, K. (2012). Knowing is not Enough: Developing Curricula that forces reflection through Action Research. Presented at American Educational Research Association annual meeting in Vancouver, BC. April 2012.

Cady, J. A., Hopkins, T. M., & Hodges, T. E. (2008). Lesson study as professional development for mathematics teacher educators. In F. Arbaugh, P. Taylor (Eds.) Inquiry into Mathematics Teacher Education (AMTE Monograph Series, Volume 6). San Diego, CA: Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators.

Hopkins, T.M. & Long, V. M. (Eds) (2008). Mathematics in Rural Appalachia: Place-Based Mathematics Lessons. Clinton, TN: Koinonia Associates LLC

Long, V. M., Hopkins, T. M. & Landry, G. (2008). One successful alternative to the traditional doctoral program. In A. Andzans, D. Bonka, and B. Grevholm (Eds.) Selected Papers of the International Congress on Mathematical Education 11 Discussion Group 12.  Riga, Latvia: ICME.

Hopkins, T. M. & Cady, J. A. (2007). What is the value of @*#? Deepening teachers' understanding of place value. Teaching Children Mathematics 13, 434-437.

Hopkins, T. M. & Rearden, K. (2006). The three C’s of rural teachers’ needs: Lessons learned from an annual professional development workshop. Rural Mathematics Educator 5(2). Available on-line: http://www.acclaim-math.org//newsletter.aspx?id=48

Taylor, P. M., Ferrell, B., & Hopkins, T. M. (2006). Moving along the professional continuum: Professional development as a team. Mathematics Teacher 100, 362-366.

Hopkins, T. M. (2005). If you are poor, it is better to be rural: A study of mathematics achievement in Tennessee. The Rural Educator, 27 (1), 21-28.

Selected presentations

Hopkins, T. M. (2018, September) . Shhh, I Differentiated my Geometry Class. Session presented at Tennessee Mathematics Teachers Association Annual Meeting in Sevierville, TN.

Hopkins, T. M. and Cady J. A. (2018, September ). The Trouble with Place Value. Session presented at Tennessee Mathematics Teachers Association Annual Meeting in Sevierville, TN.

Hopkins, M. K. and Hopkins, T. M. (2018, September). Paper Quilts with Area. Session presented at Tennessee Mathematics Teachers Association Annual Meeting in Sevierville, TN.

Cady, J.A. and Hopkins, T.M.  (2018, May). What’s the Value of @#*?  Session presented at the Math and Science for Elementary Education Conference. Knoxville, TN.

Hopkins, T.M. and Whitten, A. (2017, September). Is it a FUNction? Session presented at Tennessee Mathematics Teachers Association Annual Meeting in Martin, TN.

Troutman, K. and Hopkins, T.M. (2017, September).  Similar Tastes for Similar Triangles. Session presented at Tennessee Mathematics Teachers Association Annual Meeting in Martin, TN.

Hopkins, M. K. and Hopkins, T. M. (2016, September. Paint by Integers. Session presented at

Tennessee Mathematics Teachers Association Annual Meeting in Murfreesboro, TN.

Hopkins, T. M. and Bollman, R. (2016, September).  So You Want to be a Mentor. Session presented at

Tennessee Mathematics Teachers Association Annual Meeting in Murfreesboro, TN.

Hopkins, T. M., Schaeffer, M. and Hopkins, M. K. (2015, June). Community is the Key: Retention of STEM Majors in a Preservice Teacher Program. Session presented at the Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA.

Hopkins, T. M. (2014, September). Area is When You Multiply, Add for Perimeter! Session presented at Tennessee Mathematics Teachers Association Annual Meeting in Knoxville, TN.

Hopkins, T. M., Chamblin, J., & Toney, K. (2014, September). Lesson Design and Enactment: Preparing Future Math Teachers at Tennessee Mathematics Teachers Association Annual Meeting in Knoxville, TN.

Cady, J. A., Garner, J. E., & Hopkins, T. M. (2013, November).  Learning Trajectories for Place Value.

Presentation at National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Meeting in Louisville, KY.

Cady, Jo A, Hopkins, T.M., and Howard, J. M. (2011, April). What is the Value of * # ^ ? Presentation at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting. Indianapolis, IN.


Contact Information

  • 113 Greve Hall, 821 Volunteer Boulevard, KnoxvilleTN 37996-3391
  • Phone: 865-974-3544
  • E-mail: thopkins@utk.edu