Meet Dr. Janel Madeley, who has joined Teach North Texas as a lecturer and Master Teacher starting this fall. She grew up in Granbury and Fort Worth and went to Texas Woman's University for her undergrad (B.S. in Mathematics) and Masters of Art in Teaching Mathematics. She went on to complete her doctorate (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership at Lamar University in Beaumont. Among her academic accomplishments, she has also been a regional and state grant recipient for Texas Regional Collaborative & Blended Learning as a Math Innovation Zone.
This fall Dr. Madeley will be teaching Secondary Teacher Education Preparation II: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design. "I am most excited to teach my students that teaching math and science at the secondary level can be fun!" she said. "With updated research, we can revise outdated practices and engage and empower our students through inquiry and reflection."
Dr. Madeley said she looks forward to bringing personalized, student-centered best practices to the field of educator preparation. Because her background is in teaching mathematics and K-12 coordination, she has the unique perspective of both teaching and administration. "Of course, I'm also a lifelong learner and professional student, so I can relate to my students as well," she said. "I feel so incredibly blessed and honored to be here; it feels surreal each day."
Dr. Madeley started college at 27 years old and recalls having a teacher who significantly helped her on her path to success. "It took one drop of compassion to make a huge difference in my life," she said. She hopes to have that same impact on her own students.
"UNT is one of those places that draws you in because of the energy and family atmosphere it exudes. The staff and faculty here prioritize making a difference in students' lives and I want nothing more than to be a part of that influential ripple effect."
Dr. Madeley's goals within her field are to research personalized learning approaches in higher education to empower each student to pursue their dreams and become lifelong learners. She is excited to join the Teach North Texas team and get to know her colleagues and students.
"I'm just a country girl trying to make a difference. I live on a ranch and raise many different types of animals," said Dr. Madeley, who is also an avid runner and competitive country & western dancer. "I also love paddle boarding, playing volleyball, and hanging out with my large family."
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