Jonathan Thomas

About Me (Bio)
Dr. Thomas joined the STEM Education faculty in 2015 and currently serves as chair of the department. He is committed to a vision of STEM Education that is inclusive, engaging, and fosters a sense of relentless curiosity amongst students and teachers. He holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Kentucky, an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and an Ed.D. in Mathematics Education, both from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Thomas also serves as a faculty associate for the Kentucky Center for Mathematics ( and facilitates professional learning experiences for teachers across the commonwealth. Dr. Thomas has also served as a mathematics intervention teacher in public, private, and charter schools in the greater Cincinnati metropolitan area. Dr. Thomas’ research interests include investigating responsive mathematics teaching practices, equity concerns in the elementary mathematics classroom, non-verbal patterns of mathematical interaction, and cognitive progressions of children’s mathematical construction.
University of Kentucky (UK)

There is a need for resources for teacher education programs to help pre-service teachers learn about equitable mathematics approaches to teaching and learning. This project will develop modules, resources, and tools for exploring how teachers' understanding of equity changes from their last year of the preparation program into their first year of teaching. The tools and resources can be shared with other teacher education programs.