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Manju Connolly

2017 Fellow
Park Center High School
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

Teaching Discipline

Mathematics

Why Mathematics

“Although math often seems rigid or black and white, it requires a depth of thinking that shapes our behaviors and lives in important and useful ways. Noticing patterns, generalizing them to other situations, and spending time reasoning out patterns we don’t yet understand are life skills—and they are naturally-occurring tendencies in us as humans.”

Professional Experience

In summer 2014, Manju participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates at North Dakota State University, where she worked with faculty and other undergraduates in physics education research. In summer 2015, she participated in a program called Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Her collaborative project focused on improving math instruction in special education through the use of content acquisition podcasts (CAPs) to support regular classroom learning.

Volunteer Experience

Manju has been a classroom tutor since her sophomore year of high school. Through college, she volunteered at the University YMCA, where she mentored youth at local elementary schools. Later, she took on leadership roles at the YMCA to establish the same type of mentoring relationships for college students.

Hobbies

Manju loves exploring her neighborhood and visiting new spots on sunny days. She also enjoys playing soccer.

Academic Background

  • University of Minnesota (Master of Education in Mathematics Education)
  • University of Minnesota (Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Psychology)

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“One key lesson I hope to impart on students is that we need each other to learn. Listening to and sharing our knowledge with our community allows us to pool everyone's unique talents and skills in productive ways. I hope that by the time my students leave my class at the end of each year, they have gained skills in starting, maintaining, and summarizing discussions. I also hope they grow in their ability to have empathy for each other.”

Manju Connolly
2017 Fellow