Research Areas: Mathematical Mindsets, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, and Parental Involvement in Mathematics Education
Dr. Olivares earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Mercer University. Before receiving her PhD, Dr. Olivares taught secondary mathematics in Georgia for ten years. She earned her MEd from Georgia State University in Mathematics Education and her BA from Wesleyan College in Mathematics with Secondary Education. At UCM, she teaches content and pedagogy classes to K-12 pre-service teachers, as well as an occasional general education mathematics course. Dr. Olivares has a passion for working with first-generation college students and has served as a research mentor to two McNair Scholars. She has formerly served as program coordinator and faculty advisor to BSE students in mathematics. Dr. Olivares serves as a university supervisor to pre-service teachers in the field and has worked with many local teachers. In 2013, Dr. Olivares was accepted as a STaRs Fellow, a program created for early career teacher educators acclimating to Service, Teaching, and Research.