Dr. Lisa A. Brooks has been an educator since 1992. She has held positions in public and private elementary schools and has experience as a middle school teacher, mentor, mathematics coach, internship supervisor, and clinical coordinator. She has been a full-time faculty member at UCF since 2009. She provides professional development for educators, school leaders, and district leaders. Her research focuses on helping teachers facilitate student discourse to increase conceptual understanding of mathematics.
Areas of Expertise
- Elementary Education
- Mathematics Education
- Science Education
- Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction – Mathematics Education University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
- M.Ed. K-8 Mathematics and Science Education – University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
- B.S. Elementary Education – University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
- Book (Making Sense of Mathematics for Teaching the Small Group) selected as a 2020 Teacher's Choice Award winner for Professional Development. This award honors products of exceptional quality and outstanding performance in the classroom and at home.
- Article (Do They Really Need to Raise Their Hands? Challenging a Traditional Social Norm in a Second Grade Mathematics Classroom) selected for listing on MOFET ITEC: International portal of teacher education. This portal consists of abstracts of ,"The best papers on teacher education topics from the leading journals in the world in the field."
- Recipient of the 2016 Teaching Incentive Award (TIP), University of Central Florida
- Recipient of the Lockheed Martin/ UCF Academy of Mathematics and Science Scholarship
- Outstanding Thesis Award, College of Education, University of Central Florida
- PRISM Outstanding Mathematics Teacher Award
- EDE 6933: Introductory Seminar in Elementary Education
This course provides an overview of the MEd and MA in Elementary Education programs' policies and expectations, and exploration of the teaching profession (professional organizations, accomplished practices, publications, issues and terminology).
- EDE 6935: Capstone Seminar in Elementary Education
This course is a culminating experience that provides students with the opportunity to synthesize what they have learned throughout their MEd or MA in Elementary Education program.
- EDG 4410: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Management
This course is required in the elementary education program. Students are exposed to various instructional delivery techniques and organizational and management skills that promote the development of a classroom community. Students microteach and view the lessons for development of reflective practice. They begin the development of their portfolios as evidence of their becoming facilitating reflective practitioners. They participate in a field experience.
- IDS 6516: Leadership Development for Mathematics and Science Teaching
This course is for students pursuing a Master’s degree in K-8 Mathematics and Science in the Lockheed-Martin/UCF Academy for Mathematics and Science as well as those pursuing a Master’s degree in Mathematics Education or Science Education. Students study the roles of teacher leaders, determine their readiness to assume those roles, and identify factors within the school culture that enhance or inhibit teachers’ abilities to lead from the classroom. Focus is placed on the teacher as a change agent in curriculum development, teacher mentoring, staff development, and establishing meaningful partnerships with the community.
- IDS 6937: Teaching Mathematics and Science Using Reform Based Practices
This course focuses on the work of Dewey and Piaget as it applies to mathematics and science teaching. Emphasizes integrating math and science teaching.
- MAE 3311: Elementary Mathematics for Teaching II
This course addresses pedagogical content knowledge for teaching rational number concepts and operations, measurement, and algebraic reasoning.
MAE 7367: Instructional Coaching in K-8 Mathematics- This course addresses improving instructional quality in mathematics by collecting data that influences instruction and implementing strategies for coaching to improve student outcomes.
- MAE 4326: How Children Learn Mathematics
This course is taught concurrently with a junior internship. Students spend two days per week in schools assigned to a teacher from one of the two grade bands, k-2 or 3-5. The student is then assigned to the other grade band the second half of the semester. The students spend one full-week in the schools each half semester during which time the student teaches a lesson or combination of lessons based on materials covered in mathematics methods.
- SCE 3310: Teaching Science in the Elementary School
This course is required in the elementary education program. It is designed to help students learn to teach science to children in ways that are consistent with what is known about science as well as what is known about the physical, emotional, and cognitive development of children.
- SCE 6315: Methods in Elementary School Science
This course is designed to help students learn to teach science to children in ways which are consistent with what is known about science as well as what is known about the physical, emotional, and cognitive development of children in contemporary society. Emphasis is placed on inquiry methodology and reflective learning.