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Frédérique Yova ‘21PHD: ‘I Hope to Continue to Advocate for Young Children and Their Families Through Research Focusing on Early Childhood Education and Early Mathematics’

Frederique Yova

Inspired by her time in the classroom, Frédérique Yova ‘21PHD decided to focus her research  on elementary mathematics education. In the College of Education, she found a welcoming environment where she was able to strengthen her research skills and prepare to be an advocate for equitable access to early mathematics experiences for all children.

Learn more about Frédérique Yova

Hometown: Voiron, France

Area of Study: Ph.D. in Teacher Education and Learning Sciences elementary education in mathematics and science program area of study

Activities: I loved working as a graduate research assistant throughout the program. I also enjoyed teaching juniors as a graduate teaching assistant.

Why did you choose the NC State College of Education? 

A teacher and friend pursued her M.Ed. at NC State and encouraged me to apply. I am so glad she did. At the program open house, the faculty made me feel quite welcome. I knew right away it would be the perfect place for me to pursue my doctoral studies. 

Why did you choose your area of study?

My area of study focused on elementary mathematics education. As an early childhood educator, I have always found the creativity of young children quite refreshing and inspiring. I was delighted to dig into the literature and reflect on ways to offer equitable access to playful and engaging early mathematics experiences to all children.

What do you hope to accomplish in your field after graduation?

I hope to continue to advocate for young children and their families through research focusing on early childhood education and early mathematics.

What’s your next step?

I hope to join a dynamic team and continue my journey as a researcher!

How has the College of Education prepared you for that next step?

I feel prepared in so many ways, as the past four years have strengthened my research skills (in both quantitative and qualitative analyses), writing and communication skills, attention to detail, critical thinking and more. I truly look forward to collaborating with others.

Do you have a favorite memory from your time in the College of Education?

I have many fond memories, but I would choose the Research Council on Mathematics Learning conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was my first time presenting a poster on early mathematics. 

Tell us about an experience you had with the College of Education that had the biggest impact on you or your career.

I am deeply grateful for the endless support I received from my co-chairs and my dissertation committee during the pandemic and their thorough guidance as I had to amend my initial proposal.

Why did you choose education?

Coming from a family of educators, I have always had a strong belief in public education and a profound respect for teachers. 

What are your research interests and what inspired those interests?

My dissertation focused on exploring early mathematics through picturebooks, a topic that arose from my experiences as an early childhood educator, interests in playful mathematics and love for reading. I was especially interested in the perspectives of Head Start participants.