Friday photos: #19—Sarah Powell!
How much can one person get done?
Professor Sarah R. Powell teaches and conducts research in the Department of Special Education at the University of Texas at Austin. I had the good fortune to work with Sarah during her brief tenure at the University of Virginia, before she left for to take her current position at UT-Austin.
Sarah was definitely a worker, not just some scholar sitting in an office. In her first year she was setting up and running a randomized test of a math intervention. At the same time, she collaborated with a math education professor on a course on teaching elementary arithmetic and mathematics. I was impressed.
She hasn't stopped since those wonderful two years. At UT-Austin, she's conduct research (most it funded by grants), teach classes for teachers, mentor graduate students, and contribute to special education in other ways. Readers who are intersted in learning more about Sarah's academic work can find details on a Web page hosted by UT-Austin's College of Education.
Now, alert readers will not be surprised to learn that Sarah has won many accolades. Indeed, the first time I met her was when she received an award from the Division for Learning Disabilities for her doctoral research. But, the biggest prize so far was a couple of years ago when she received the US Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
But, wait, there's more! Sarah posts copies of her presentations, provides free copies of instructional guides, and creates videos illustrating important aspects of math instruction. Interested readers can peruse some of those products here.
She simply keeps on going, even though she has a real life, too. Here's a recent photo of Sarah and her partner, Zach Casper, that they sent me.