The American Indian Teacher Training Program (AITTP) at the University of Utah prepared Iva Moss-Redman to lead in her classroom and school as an indigenous educator. Iva taught middle school mathematics, computer science, Arapaho Language, and Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) for 15 years. In 2014, Iva obtained a Master of Science in Natural Science with an emphasis in Middle Level Mathematics, which helped her study how Northern Arapaho knowledge systems worked with mathematics and the common core standards.
In her thesis, she wrote about Arapaho symbolism and symmetry. Incorporating the Northern Arapaho symbols in her lessons built her students’ knowledge of mathematics. This fall, Iva has joined the Indigenous Knowledge for Effective Education Program (IKEEP) team as a doctoral student and research assistant. Iva’s interest focuses upon indigenous education and training indigenous educators. Prior to joining our staff, Iva mentored the IKEEP students, working with pre-service teachers before they entered the classroom. One of her goals is to give the indigenous teachers a strong foundation to teach as they prepare for their career in teaching.