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Enrique Ortiz, Ed.D.

Associate Professor

Mathematics Education

Office: ED 123G

Phone: 407-823-5222


Professional Summary

Enrique Ortiz received his Doctor of Education degree in mathematics education from Louisiana State University in 1987. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics education from Inter-American University, Puerto Rico, in 1976, and his Master of Arts degree in mathematics supervision from Phoenix University in 1981. For over 30 years, Enrique Ortiz has been involved in mathematics education as a middle school teacher, supervisor, instructor, writer or curriculum developer in Puerto Rico, Louisiana, and Florida. Since 1989, he has been an assistant (1989-1994) and associate (1994-present) professor at the University of Central Florida. He has taught mathematics methods, curriculum development, problem solving, assessment, and technology courses. His topics of interest include brain-based research, teaching goals, use of technology for teaching, teaching mathematics for social justice, algebraic thinking, diagnosis of mathematics strengths and misconceptions, cognitive learning levels and fraction concept development. He has stayed very active in the profession by volunteering his services to organize conferences, reviewing manuscripts for possible publication, presenting papers and workshops locally, nationally and internationally, and publishing articles and books.


Ed.D. in Secondary School Mathematics with Statistics
Louisiana State University

Areas of Expertise

  • Teaching mathematics for social justice
  • Problem solving
  • Students' understanding of fractions and algebra

Research Interests

  • Use of physical and virtual manipulatives to teach mathematics
  • Pre- and In-service teachers' development of teaching goals
  • Brain-based learning strategies

Recent Honors and Awards

  • Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) of the State University System of Florida, 2015-2016
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Award of the State University System of Florida, 2013-2014
  • University Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award of the University of Central Florida, 2013-2014
  • College of Education and Human Performance Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching of University of Central Florida, 2013-2014

Recent Publications

Ortiz, E. (in press, 2017). The secret life of prime numbers. Teaching Children Mathematics.

Pace, M., & Ortiz, E.(2016). Get the goof. Teaching Children Mathematics, 23(3), pp. 138-143.

Goodwin, C., & Ortiz, E. (2015). It's a girl: Random numbers, simulations, and the law of large numbers. Mathematics Teaching in Middle School, Mathematical Explorations Department: Classroom-ready Activities, 20(9), pp. 561-564.

Andreasen, J., Spalding, L., & Ortiz, E. (2015). CliffsNotes FTCE: Elementary Education K-6: Test Prep, Second Edition. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Ortiz, E. (2014). Optical topography of evoked brain activity during mental tasks involving whole number operations. International Journal of Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 1-36. [] (blind refereed reviewing process).

Current Funded Projects

PI: Little, Mary; Co-PIs: Drs. Wenzel, Taylar, Farshid Safi & Ortiz, Enrique (Fall 2016-Summer 2017). Implementing Intensive Interventions in Reading and Mathematics to Improve Student Learning. Toni Jennings Grant.
PI: Ortiz, Enrique; Co-PIs: Drs. Wenzel, Taylar & Little, Mary (Fall 2015-Summer 2016). Improving Rigor and Impact of Reading and Mathematics Interventions with Students. Toni Jennings Grant. White Paper.

Professional Organizations

  • American Educational Research Association
  • Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Florida Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators
  • Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • International Mind, Brain, and Education Society
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • Research Council on Mathematics Learning
  • TODOS: Mathematics for All


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