Barbara Wilkins is an Instructional Designer with a specialty in mathematics and physical sciences. She has been with Mizzou Academy since 2019. Barb began teaching in 2001 in a high school mathematics classroom. Upon earning her master’s degree in Mathematics, Barb began offering dual-credit high school/college courses in her local high school, as well as teaching for the local community college. In 2007, Barb joined the faculty of the Missouri Virtual Instruction Program, then contracted with Kaplan Education, as an online mathematics educator for students in grades 7 – 12. Barb began teaching for the Missouri S&T Department of Mathematics and Statistics in 2008. Barb has also taught for Drury University, sharing her expertise in mathematics education with future educators.
Barb transitioned into the role of instructional designer at Missouri S&T in 2010, where she worked primarily with mathematics and engineering educators to redesign courses for blended and online learning. Barb maintains her teaching expertise by teaching for the Missouri S&T Department of Mathematics and Statistics as an adjunct instructor. One of her favorite things is to answer the common question from students, “Where am I going to use this?” In her spare time, Barb remodels houses, sews, and plays tabletop role-playing games.
Degrees and Certifications:
- B.A. History, Minor in Applied Mathematics from University of Missouri, Rolla (Now Missouri S&T)
- Teaching Certificate in Social Studies and Mathematics
- M.S. in Mathematics from University of Missouri, Rolla (Now Missouri S&T)
- Quality Matters (2010)
- On Course: Engaging & Empowering Learners
Areas of Expertise
- Mathematics curriculum development
- Online and blended STEM education
- Using gaming to teach communication and group problem solving