Dr. Kimberly Smith-Burton, a professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Grades, Reading and Special Education in the College of Education at Fayetteville State University.

Dr. Kimberly Smith-Burton, a
professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Grades,
Reading and Special Education in the College of Education at Fayetteville State
University (FSU), has been named FSU Teacher of the Year.

Smith-Burton is a native of
Fayetteville, North Carolina.  She
attended North Carolina Central University (BS in Mathematics), Fayetteville
State University (MAT in Mathematics) and North Carolina State University
(Ph.D. in Mathematics Education).  She
has taught at FSU since 1994 serving in the Department of Mathematics and Computer
Science, and the Department of Middle Grades, Secondary and Specialized
Subjects.  Prior
to joining FSU’s faculty, Smith-Burton
was amathematics
teacher at Westover Senior High School, in the Cumberland County School
System, in Fayetteville, NC.  As a high
school graduate, she was awarded the coveted North Carolina Teaching Fellows
Scholarship.

During her professional career, Smith-Burton has not
only become a skilled teacher, but she has followed a multi-dimensional
approach to support the development of teachers through her research and
writing of articles and grants.  Her writing
topics include how social communication
fosters student collaborations, the effects of the multiple intelligence
teaching strategy on the academic achievement of eighth grade math students,
fostering STEM learning communities to promote student interest in STEM
disciplines, using student peer evaluations to evaluate team taught lessons and
exploring whether student peer evaluations are consistent with instructor evaluations.

Smith-Burton
has provided extensive professional development for teachers through her
successful grant writing:  U.S. Department of Education HBCU
Master’s Degree Program Grant (Principle Investigator and Project Director
October 2017 – present), National Science Foundation-Robert Noyce Teacher
Scholarship Grant Preparing Future Educators for Placement in K-12 Mathematics
and Science Classrooms (PrEP) Program (Principle Investigator and Project
Director January 2015 – September 2016 and September 2011 – December 2014), UNC-GA
NC-QUEST Grant Program IBSO for Teachers: Inquiry-Based Science Outreach (Co-Principle
Investigator March 2011 – September 2012) and Middle Math Teacher Academy:
Effective Content and Literacy Instruction in Algebra Readiness and Algebraic
Thinking for 6-8 Teachers (Co-Principle Investigator April 2009 – September
2010), National Science Foundation Implementation Grant HBCU-UP-Integrated STEM
Academic Success (Co-Principle Investigator
September 2010 – August 2015).

In addition to her
teaching positions at FSU, Smith-Burton has served as Interim Associate Dean of the College of Education; Chair of the Department of Middle Grades, Secondary and Specialized Subjects; Interim Chair of the
Department of Middle Grades, Secondary and Special Education; Director of the
Math/Science Education Center; and Associate
Regional Director for the Coastal Rural Systemic Initiative (National Science
Foundation Grant).

About Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville State
University is a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina
System and the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the
state, having been founded in 1867. FSU is a historically black university
offering degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels. With more
than 6,300 students, Fayetteville State University is among the most diverse
institutions in the nation. To learn more about Fayetteville State University,
visit www.uncfsu.edu.

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