Casedy Thomas' research interests have focused on linking research and practice for culturally relevant pedagogy in mathematics education preK-12, the development of ambitious mathematics instruction with teacher candidates with an emphasis on opportunities to learn, and examining professional development that supports in-service, mentor teachers to implement responsive teaching building toward teaching mathematics for social justice. Additionally, she is a research associate for the Teachers in the Movement project, working on oral histories of segregated Black education in Virginia during the Civil Rights Movement. Recent publications have been featured in the Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education and the Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College.
Prior to returning to UVA, Thomas worked at The University of Alabama as an assistant professor in Mathematics Education with secondary mathematics teacher candidates. During this time, she pursued grant opportunities and partnership with UVA’s SimLab to provide her teacher candidates with simulated learning opportunities to complement their field placements and build equitable teaching practices in mathematics.
In her current role as a research scientist in the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL), she works on the NSF funded project, Preparing mentors to support novices in eliciting student thinking during mathematics discussions: Developing and testing a simulated-based PD program, with Julie Cohen. Additionally, she continues to work with teacher candidates, as a teacher educator and instructor for the elementary mathematics methods course in Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education (CISE) Department.
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2020
M.Ed., University of Virginia, 2016
B.S., Bridgewater College, 2012