Assistant Professor of Education, Barbara Swartz, is a Ph.D. recipient in mathematics education from the University of Virginia. Dr. Swartz graduated Magna cum Laude from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, having also completed minors in Economics and Spanish. Her Master of Arts in Secondary Education – Mathematics was also received at Lehigh.
Dr. Swartz has published manuscripts in the Mathematics Teacher, Teaching Children Mathematics, and the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology Journal, and presented at the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) annual and regional conferences.
Dr. Swartz teaches mathematics courses, pedagogy courses for both elementary and secondary teachers of mathematics, and technology integration courses at McDaniel College. She has professional interests in preparing successful teachers of mathematics at all levels with a passion for utilizing technology to enhance the mathematics in the classroom. She assists with the Brookhill Foundation supported Elementary Mathematics and Teacher Leaders Project (ems&tl) directed by Dr. Francis (Skip) Fennell, which involves mathematics specialists and leaders from Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, and Howard counties in Maryland. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Maryland Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMMTE) since 2013, currently as the President.
Dr. Swartz has taught a variety of courses ranging from mathematics pedagogy courses to mathematics content courses and technology integration courses. She specializes in employing research-based effective teaching practices and helping her students to achieve at high levels. She works to build relationships with her students to aid in meeting their individual needs.
Barbara has written and presented a number of professional development workshops for teachers across the mid-atlantic and northeastern United States. Drs. Barbara Swartz and Holly Pinter have collaborated on a number of different professional development endeavors and invite you to join us! Responsive PD: Connecting with teachers and responding to their needs.
While investigating the ways beginning teachers learn how to teach and experienced teachers incorporate new learning into their teaching, Dr. Barbara Swartz is working to find effective ways of preparing teachers of mathematics and helping inservice teachers continue to improve their practice. She is working on adding to the research literature to help shift society's perceptions of mathematics and showcase the fun students can have while learning mathematics.
Dr. Swartz's pre-service elementary teachers work with a small group and the classroom teacher for an embedded field experience during their elementary mathematics content course.