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SEOSEMS Vision & Goals



Welcome to the SouthEast Ohio Center for Equity in Mathematics and Science website. SEOCEMS is committed to strengthening collaboration, coordination, and communication among Patton College of Education faculty, OU faculty in other colleges, PreK-16 educators and administrators in the SouthEast Ohio region and beyond, and others. This work supports the Patton College of Education and Ohio University missions.

Dr. Courtney Koestler, the Director of SEOCEMS, brings expertise and focus on issues of diversity, equity, and justice in teaching and teacher education, in in early childhood education, elementary education, teacher education, and mathematics education. Courtney is a former K-8 public school teacher and has taught in culturally, linguistically, economically diverse schools located in rural, suburban, and urban communities. Courtney has been both a classroom teacher (grades 2, 4, 5, and 8) and has also worked as a mathematics coach. For the past decade, Courtney has been a university-based teacher educator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (where Courtney was a graduate student), the University of Arizona (as a new faculty member), and now at Ohio University as Director of SEOCEMS.

Dr. Courtney Koestler is actively involved with important mathematics education and teacher education organizations, such as the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE), the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Although new to Ohio, Courtney continues to get involved in regional and state-level work. Courtney is a Board Member of the Ohio Mathematics Education Leadership Council (OMELC), is the Southeastern District Director for the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics (OCTM), and a Faculty Advisor of the Ohio University Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

For more information about collaborating on possible projects, funding opportunities, and/or hiring SEOCEMS faculty for professional development workshops or please contact:

SouthEast Ohio Center for Equity in Mathematics and Science
Dr. Courtney Koestler
S231 Lindley Hall
Athens, Ohio 45701 
T: 740-593-0118