I am an an Assistant Professor in STEM Education in the Department of Education and Counseling at Villanova University. As a former middle school science teacher, I am passionate about promoting equity in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. My research agenda contributes to creating more equitable opportunities for learning and advancement in K-12 and higher education. Specifically, I am currently working on research projects in three areas, two of which focus specifically on the teaching and learning of science and mathematics in urban schools. First, I am focused on math and science teacher education. I am specifically interested in the socialization of science and math teachers within organizational contexts with respect to professional identity, beliefs, and instructional practices. I am also interested in how pre-service teachers engage with and implement the disciplinary practices in their teaching to provide more empowering learning opportunities for their students. The second is focused on how STEM is taught in urban communities, specifically developing tools for teachers to implement place-based, justice-oriented socioscientific issues (SSI) in their instruction. Third, I'm interested in promoting equity in the STEM education and career pathways. I have several projects investigating these pathways in the context of community colleges and 4-year colleges.