Francesca Henderson
Degree Program: 
Mathematics and Science Education, Ph.D.
2311 Benjamin Building

Francesca Henderson is a Southern California Native with a Bachelor's of Mathematics from San Diego State University (2011), a Master's in Mathematics Education from Concordia University in Portland Oregon (2015), and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from the High Tech High Graduate School of Education in San Diego (2018). During her professional career she has served as a researcher, 9-12 math teacher, Vice Principal, and Education Consultant. Through her diverse experiences in education, she developed a passion for social justice and equity.


Henderson, F., Rasmussen, C., Sweeney, G., Wawro, M, & Zandieh, M. (2010, February). Symbol sense in Linear Algebra. Paper presented at the Thirteenth Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, Raleigh, NC.

Larson, C., Rasmussen, C., Zandieh, M., & Henderson, F. (2009, February). Student Interpretations of the Equals Sign in Matrix Equations: The case of Ax = 2x. Paper presented at the Twelfth Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, Raleigh, NC.


Dean's Fellowship

Phone Number: 
(301) 405-3324
Research Interests: 
Research interests are embedded in social justice mathematics education, the transition from high school to college level mathematics learning, and culturally responsive pedagogy.
Research investigates educational program quality and sustainability in developing countries and the historical dimensions of work preparation in the United States, particularly in relation to curricular issues.
Intersection of health and overall psychosocial well-being with a focus on positive adaptation, Process and outcome in counseling and psychotherapy, Counselor training and clinical supervision. Link to my lab is below:
Research draws upon the foundations of phenomenology and hermeneutics to make interpretive sense of the lifeworlds of teachers and students and the broader educational community.
Teacher education policy and practice and the education doctorate or professional practice degree.
Dr. Martin's scholarly interests include intensive literacy intervention for children with learning disabilities, social support, and parental involvement in relation to academic achievement.
item response theory, multilevel measurement models, finite mixture models, computer-based testing
Though I have various research interests, I tend to focus on best practices for literacy and language instruction to support culturally and linguistically diverse students,  writing development of English learners (ELs), and teacher preparation for working with ELs across content areas. 
women faculty; socially just educators; visual research methods
scientific inquiry;, science learning and assessment;, computational thinking;, equity;, virtual environments;, professional development