Denise A. Spangler

Areas of Expertise

  • Teachers' beliefs
  • Teachers' content knowledge
  • Preservice mathematics teacher education


  • Preservice elementary teachers' sense-making processes in classroom situations
  • Elementary teachers' content knowledge and its impact on instruction
  • Development of teaching practice across time



  •  PhD in Mathematics Education, 1995
    University of Georgia
  •  MS in Mathematics, 1989
    Illinois State University
  •  BSEd in Elementary Education, 1987
    Illinois State University


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Research Summary

I conduct long-term studies of preservice teachers from the beginning of their teacher education programs through their induction years and into their 10th+ year of teaching to identify significant influences on their mathematics teaching practices.

Awards and Accolades

Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

University of Georgia, 2004

Teaching Academy

University of Georgia, 2002

Hall of Fame

Illinois State University College of Education, 2002

Outstanding Faculty Member

Kappa Delta Epsilon Educational Honor Society, 2002

Sarah Moss Fellowship

University of Georgia, 2000

D. Keith Osborn Sr. Faculty Senate Award for Teaching Excellence

University of Georgia College of Education, 1999