Math Education Student Earns Trip to Germany

Image Heather Bleecker USD School of Education student Heather Bleecker.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- A University of South Dakota student has earned a trip to the annual International Congress on Mathematical Education in Hamburg, Germany, in July.

Heather Bleecker, from Polson, Montana, is pursuing her doctorate degree in the USD School of Education's division of curriculum and instruction.

To qualify for the trip, she created and submitted three lesson plans as part of an independent study course on mentoring, coaching and leadership. For her major project, Bleecker mentored under a middle school teacher for a semester, did in-depth planning and held follow-up sessions with the math teacher.


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Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News