Rusty Bresser first became interested in teaching while doing
anthropological research on children and families in a rural farming
community in French Polynesia. His interest in applied anthropology led
him to the Teacher Education Program at the University of California at
San Diego. After graduating from UCSD, Rusty began his teaching career
at The Children's School, a small private school in San Diego,
California that was based on the British Infant Schools' model of
child-centered education. Seven years later, Rusty made the move to
public schools where he taught grades kindergarten through sixth grade,
rounding out his twenty years as a classroom teacher before moving on to
higher education where he teaches today.
Currently, Rusty is a lecturer and supervisor of teacher education in
the Education Studies Department at the University of California, San
Diego. He teaches mathematics and science courses to graduate students,
education courses to undergraduates, and supervises student teachers. He
is also a mathematics consultant for Math Solutions at Scholastic.
Rusty is interested in issues of equity and social justice in math and
Rusty has authored and co-authored several books for Math Solutions
and Scholastic, and has published articles for the National Council of
Teachers of Mathematics journal, Teaching Children Mathematics.
In 2010, he and his co-authors Kathy Melanese, Carolyn Felux, and
Christine Sphar received the Golden Lamp award from the Association of
Educational Publishers for their multi-media learning resource,
Supporting English Language Learners in Math Class.
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