Lauren Rapacki, MA

Lauren Rapacki, MA


Lauren Rapacki (Keenan) teaches in the Teacher Education department at the Isabelle Farrington College of Education. Before joining the faculty at Sacred Heart University, Lauren was working on her doctoral degree at Indiana University. In her role as a graduate student, Lauren was an Associate Instructor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at both Indiana University-Purdue University @ Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Indiana University-Bloomington. During her time at Indiana University, Lauren was awarded the Neatrour-McGlasson Fellowship (2011-2012 & 2014-2015) and was recipient of the Outstanding Associate Instructor Award (2013) by the School of Education. She also worked as a mathematics coach in Indiana, as well as, served as a mathematics teacher in Stamford, Connecticut and Hyde Park, Massachusetts. Lauren has co-authored articles in Teaching Children Mathematics, Journal of Urban Mathematics Education, and Teacher Development. Lauren also co-authored a book chapter in the International Handbook of Research on Teachers’ Beliefs.

Lauren frequently presents at state, regional, and national conferences, including but not limited to the annual conferences of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). 

Lauren also continues to support in-service teachers, coaches, and administrators through professional development in curriculum development, instructional methods, and assessment review.  She remains involved in the creation and implementation of multiple state and federal grants focused around STEM initiatives.   

Degrees and Certifications

    • Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (anticipated May 2017), Curriculum & Instruction: Mathematics Education (Major) and Educational Psychology (Minor)
    • M.A., Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT (2007), Curriculum & Instruction: Elementary Education
    • B.S., Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT (2001) Mathematics (Major) and Secondary Education (Concentration)

    Professional Teaching Licenses

    • State of Indiana, License No: 1035974, Instructional: Accomplished Practitioner Certification, Elementary (K-6) Primary & Intermediate Generalist
    • State of Indiana, License No: 1035974, Instructional: Accomplished Practitioner Certification, Mathematics (7-12) Middle School, Junior High, & High School

Teaching Responsibilities

    • ED 459 Methods for Teaching Elementary Math & Science
    • ED 466 Secondary Methods: Math
    • ED 152/552 Education in the U.S.

Publications and Presentations

    Journal Articles

    • Cross, D., Hudson, R. A., Lee, M. Y., Rapacki, L., & Vesperman, C. M. (2014).  Motivating play using statistical reasoning.  Teaching Children Mathematics, 21 (4), 228-237.

    • Rapacki, L., & Cross Francis, D. I.  (2014). I am a math coach:  Now what?  Teaching Children Mathematics, 20 (9), 556-563.

    • Hudson, R. A., Cross, D. I., Lee, M. Y., & Rapacki, L. (2012). Learning to tinker: Using dynamic data analysis software to develop statistical reasoning. Teaching Children Mathematics, 18(8), 508-513.

    • Cross, D. I., Hudson, R. A., Adefope, O., Lee, M. Y., Rapacki, L., Perez, A. (2012). Success made probable: African-American girls exploration in statistics through project-based learning. Journal of Urban Mathematics Education, 5(2), 55-86. 


    Book Chapter

    • Cross Francis, D., Rapacki, L., & Eker, A.  (2015).  The individual, the context and practice: A review of the research on teachers’ beliefs related to mathematics.  In.H. Fives & M. G. Gill (Eds.), International Handbook of Research on Teachers’ Beliefs (pp.336-352).  New York:  Routledge.

    Manuscript(s) Accepted

    • Hong, J. Y., Greene, B., Roberson, R., Cross, D. I., & Rapacki, L. (accepted). Variations in pre-service teachers’ career exploration and commitment to teaching. Teacher Development. 

Contact Information

Office Location & Hours

  • Location:
    Teacher Education
    West Campus West Building WCW*WD301
    Isabelle Farrington College of Education
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