Duke University, M.A.T. in Mathematics Education
Magdalena grew up in the foothills of Morganton, North Carolina. Throughout her academic track, she was interested in helping, tutoring, and mentoring students to understand and appreciate Statistics. Magdalena enrolled in a Master of Arts in Teaching program to pursue her interests in higher education. In particular, she entered Duke's M.A.T. program because of the mentoring and support candidates receive to ensure their success as educators. In three to five years, Magdalena would like to teach internationally in high-needs school districts. She enjoys math puzzles and riddles, Philosophical discussions, and a good cup of coffee.
As part of the M.A.T. program at Duke, Magdalena conducted an inquiry research project: Immigration in Schools. This inquiry project focused on the impact immigration status and policies have on high school students. In addition to researching the role of immigration, Magdalena found resources that can help educators meet the needs of their students. She also compiled information of cultural events in Durham, NC that can help attendees understand and learn about the cultures of students and community members.
Awards & Accolades
As an undergraduate, Magdalena was awarded the Latino Diamante Youth Accomplishment Scholarship Award for her commitment and work with the Latino community. Magdalena was also a Magnolia Scholar at Wake Forest University. The Magnolia Scholars program is designed to mentor and facilitate the transition into college for first generation college students who demonstrate academic commitment and integrity. She also served as a Resident Adviser providing a safe living environment for over 400 students as well as Secretary for the Organization of Latin American Students (O.L.A.S.), a student-led organization focused on promoting the Latino culture within the Wake Forest and Winston-Salem communities.