Candidate Statement for the Office of Director

M. Alejandra Sorto


M. Alejandra Sorto started studying to become a secondary mathematics teacher in Honduras at the National Pedagogical University Francisco Morazán.   She then received a Fulbright scholarship to come to the United States to continue her studies in mathematics at the age of 19. In 1990 she graduated with a degree in Mathematics and two years later received a Masters degree in Statistics from the University of Texas at El Paso.  She continued her studies at Michigan State University where she received a Masters degree in Mathematics and a Ph. D. in Mathematics Education in 2004. Her research focuses on the preparation of teachers and multivariate studies of mathematics achievement. In particular, she develops instruments to measure content knowledge for teaching and analyzing its effect on student achievement.

Dr. Sorto joined the faculty at Texas State University in Fall 2005.  She is interested in raising the level of mathematical/statistical knowledge of pre-service and in-service teachers in ways that are directly useful for teaching.  She has collaborated on several projects that allow her to work closely with teachers from Central and South Texas improving their mathematical knowledge and with prospective teachers involved with early classroom experiences. Her current National Science Foundation CAREER grant is allowing her to investigate the factors that influence the mathematics learning of English Language Learners. She was the PI of a project funded by the Mathematical Association of America to involve young (Hispanic) girls in a higher-level mathematics experience and the mentor of Rockefeller Brother Fund Fellowship recipients.  Internationally, she has worked with the USAID, World Bank, and the governments of Guatemala, Peru, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Chile, Nicaragua, Panama, Botswana, South Africa, and Cambodia as a consultant to improve their educational systems. She has authored numerous international reports and published in proceedings of major international conferences.

Dr. Sorto would like to see more diversity in her mathematics classes for elementary and middle school teachers.  This involves providing more and better opportunities for all that have the desire and potential to become mathematics teacher.

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