Holmes Scholar of the Month: Ruby Ellis


Congratulations to Ruby Ellis, Holmes Scholar of the Month for February!

Ellis is pursuing her doctorate at Auburn University (AL) and is committed to both equity and diversity in the classroom, which directly aligns with the mission of the Holmes Program. Her highest interest is serving individuals from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds in efforts to give them access to a higher quality of education. She believes that all students should have access to the best pedagogical practices in order to enhance learning.

Ellis’ research interests include beliefs, practices, and the integration of mathematical action technology of mathematics teachers who serve underrepresented student populations. She also assists with research involving the use of NanoBio modules to teach secondary science to students in Alabama’s Black Belt region.

As the world has become more technological adept, Ellis believes that educational practices must shift to more adequately address the needs of students. Additionally, she has a passion for the development of preservice mathematics teachers. Her teaching practicum course raises future teachers’ awareness of and sensitivity to critical cultural and diversity issues in academia and beyond. This course provides teacher candidates with not only content knowledge on cultural sensitivity, but also hands-on experiences working with a diverse spectrum of students.

Recently, Ellis was named Outstanding Graduate Student for the 2016-2017 academic year by the university’s Department of Curriculum and Teaching. This faculty-nominated award recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions to the department and college. The department also selected Ellis as the recipient of the Alma Holladay Graduate Award for the 2016-2017 academic year in order to assist in her pursuit of her degree.

Outside of the university, Ellis is also involved with the Leaders in Training program, where she has impacted the lives of many elementary-age girls via her outstanding mentorship. I have personally witnessed her in action in this capacity, where her joy and passion for education is naturally on full display.

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Jerraco Johnson

Holmes Scholar, Auburn University