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Carol Buckley, Ed.D.

Associate Professor

Interest and areas of expertise


  • Parent Math Attitudes Impact on Math Achievement in Children
  • Early numeracy
  • K-6 Math curriculum development
  • MTSS Math
  • Ed.D., Immaculata University, 2013
    Educational Leadership
  • M.Ed., Shippensburg University, 2008
    Curriculum and Instruction
  • B.S., Shippensburg University, 2005
    Elementary Education: Math Concentration
Classes I teach
  • EDUC 209: Principles and Structures of Mathematics 
  • EDUC 303: Math: Climate, Curriculum and Instruction I 
  • EDUC 304: Math: Climate, Curriculum and Instruction II

My love for Math began as a young child. My father worked in accounting, and I remember many times sitting on his knee as he pored over ledgers of numbers. That fun continued when every Sunday evening as spent visiting grandparents with extended family where a game of pinochle usually took place. These were really early experiences with Math content (probability), but were warm and comfortable moments surrounded by love and family. My positive experiences with Math continued throughout my education, where many teachers provided excellent opportunities in the Math classroom for problem solving and relevance to real-world situations.

In my first K-12 teaching assignment, I was somewhat surprised that not all teachers embraced math with the same enthusiasm with which I did. Furthermore, I was caught off guard by the near constant flow of negativism from parents about Math. These experiences contributed to my desire to learn more about Math attitudes and how to invest positive energy on the topic. My early research involved working with parents to change Math attitudes about school Math. I also work to impress upon the pre-service teachers in my classroom, the importance of maintaining a positive attitude about Math. Currently, I am developing a resource for parents with ideas of how to develop critical thinking about Math at home with their young child. I am a regular contributor to Math Ed Smart Brief.

Outside of the Math world, my favorite activities are spending time with family and friends. My hobbies include collecting wooden boxes and buttons.

Research and Publications


  • Present "Changing Math Attitudes: One Family at a Time," Pennsylvania Association of Math Teacher Educators, May 2016
  • Fall Research Forum, Messiah College Department of Education, November 2015
  • Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Math: Leadership strand: Changing Math Attitudes, One Family at a Time, August, 2015
  • American Education Research Association, Turning Wrong into Right: The Value of Errors; invited presentation April 2015
  • Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Prescriptive Intervention for Computation Errors, November 2014
  • Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Parents Math Attitude and Student Achievement, November 2014
  • Pennsylvania Educational Research Association, Computational Error Pattern Analysis, October, 2014
  • "Math Design Collaborative" co-presented, Lincoln Intermediate Unit, October 2014