Hi there, this is Enes Akbuga! (ENN-ess AK-buh-guh). Here’s a little bit about myself. I have just earned my Ph.D. in mathematics education at Texas State University, which is where I have taught and done. I have taught several undergraduate mathematics courses at Texas State University working as a Doctoral Teaching Assistant. My research interests include studying STEM major students within mathematics settings and exploring these students’ motivation and interest.
I moved to Texas back in 2012 from Turkey which is where I was born and raised. I received my B.A. in mathematics education from Hacettepe University which is located in Ankara, Turkey. During my undergraduate studies, I worked as a middle school mathematics teacher at several institutions, and tutored K-12 students. I originally planned on teaching at middle schools there for a while, but then I changed my mind to move to the United States in order to pursue a graduate education. That was a radical decision, which I never regretted!
I consider myself a mathematics educator, as by training, both of my degrees are in mathematics education. I love teaching and helping students learn mathematics. It is very fulfilling to me when mathematics makes sense to students. I included more information about my teaching philosophy under the Mathematics tab if you would like to know more about that!
I am also interested in traveling and photography. In my spare times, I spend time outdoors to relax and get refreshed. I enjoy taking nature photographs while hiking or just walking around. I will post some of my experiences in the nature in my website as well.
I come from a very modest family who extremely values getting a good education. My dad is a retired elementary teacher and my mom is a housewife. I only have one sibling who is in high school.