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Rusty Bresser first became interested in teaching while doing anthropological research on children and families in a rural farming community in French Polynesia. His interest in applied anthropology led him to the Teacher Education Program at the University of California, San Diego. After graduating from UCSD, Rusty began his teaching career at The Children's School, a small private school in San Diego that was based on the British Infant Schools' model of child-centered education. Seven years later, Rusty made the move to public schools, where he taught kindergarten through sixth grade, rounding out his twenty years as a classroom teacher before moving on to higher education, where he teaches today.
Currently, Rusty is a lecturer and supervisor of teacher education in the Education Studies Department at the University of California, San Diego. He teaches mathematics and science courses to graduate students, education courses to undergraduates, and supervises student teachers. He is also a mathematics consultant for Math Solutions at Scholastic. Rusty is interested in issues of equity and social justice in math and science education.
Rusty has authored and coauthored several books for Math Solutions and Scholastic, and has published articles for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics journal, Teaching Children Mathematics. In 2010, he and his coauthors Kathy Melanese, Carolyn Felux, and Christine Sphar received the Golden Lamp award from the Association of Educational Publishers for their multimedia learning resource, Supporting English Language Learners in Math Class.