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Frances is an assistant professor of STEM education at the University of Tennessee. Her research broadly focuses on issues of equity and social justice in mathematics education and teacher education, particularly within urban contexts. She strives to understand students’ experiences with equitable teaching practices (e.g., complex instruction, math for social justice). Frances has experience teaching high school mathematics in various urban contexts and English at junior high schools near Tokyo, Japan. Frances also served as the manager and instructor at an after-school mathematics and reading program, which included PK-12 students. Frances has been involved with professional development for mathematics educators in different capacities, and she has lead courses for prospective secondary and elementary mathematics teachers. As a practitioner-researcher, she works to refine her own teaching to encourage more nuanced understanding of equity and social justice issues in mathematics. Frances earned her PhD in mathematics education at Michigan State University (2017) and two master’s degrees related to mathematics education, one at Harvard University in Mathematics for Teaching (2011) and the second at Stanford University in Curriculum and Teacher Education (2012). In her spare time, Frances enjoys yoga and trips to the dog park with her pups.