Before joining the faculty at Syracuse University, Charlotte received her doctorate at Vanderbilt University, where she studied under Paul Cobb as a research assistant on the Middle School Mathematics and the Institutional Settings of Teaching (MIST) project. In addition to her work as a research assistant, she also taught or co-taught several semesters of Methods for Teaching Elementary Mathematics in Vanderbilt’s graduate teaching program.
Before graduate school, Charlotte was a high school mathematics teacher in East Texas. She became interested in graduate school and educational research as she began to realize how few learning opportunities she had as a novice teacher interested in improving her practice. Charlotte was interested in understanding why professional development seemed so limited in impact, scope, and quality. Her interests in learning opportunities for in-service teachers in professional development settings has since grown to include teacher learning in pre-service settings, as well as the impact of other school-based supports and accountability on teachers’ capacity and likelihood to improve teachers’ practice.
As a faculty member at Syracuse University, Charlotte regularly engages in opportunities to work with local elementary teachers in their classrooms in order to improve her own teaching practice, inform her research questions about teacher and student learning at the elementary level, and to maintain a close connection to the elementary students.