Students’ opportunities to learn are influenced by their teachers’ classroom practice. My work at Knowles allows me to work with beginning mathematics teachers around this notion of learning, which is both fulfilling and necessary.”

Ayanna’s Story

Dr. Ayanna Perry began her educational career as a high school mathematics teacher at a large redesign school in North Carolina. This experience helped to shape many of her core beliefs regarding education, including the belief that teaching requires more than sharing enthusiasm and content knowledge, and the belief that learning is about more than motivation and skill. Possessing a strong desire to become a more effective high school teacher, she left the classroom to pursue doctoral studies in mathematics education.

Ayanna holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Shaw University, a Master of Science in mathematics from North Carolina Central University and a Doctor of Philosophy in mathematics education from North Carolina State University.

During her graduate studies, she explored students’ understanding mathematics and supported both pre-service and early-career, in-service high school mathematics teachers. In recent years, she received the Graduate Academic Achievement Award given by the Association for the Concerns of African American Graduate Students at North Carolina State University. Additionally, she is a published author and has presented at annual meetings of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Ayanna is especially interested in supporting students that are generally underserved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Hailing from Raleigh, N.C., Ayanna now resides in southern New Jersey with her husband, Jason.


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