Jill Branyon, Ed.D.

Headshot Faculty Jill Branyon

Professor of Education
Program Coordinator | Secondary Mathematics Education
864.977.7989
jill.branyon@ngu.edu
Department: Graduate Education
Location: Tigerville, SC

"If students do not learn the way I teach, then I must teach the way they learn."
  • Teaching & Education

    Climb higher with me when taking courses in secondary education, elementary education, and mathematics education that includes Curriculum Development, Foundations of Education, Global Perspectives in Education, Reading and Writing in the Content Area, Professional Development, Elementary Math Methods 1 and 2, Math Methods with Field Placement, Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction, The History of Faith and Mathematics, Technology in the Secondary Mathematics Classroom. 

    Degrees

    BA in Mathematics, Winthrop University

    M.A. in Teaching Mathematics, University of South Carolina

    Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, University of South Carolina

  • Professional Experience

    My experience includes three years in public schools in Lexington District 1, twenty-three years in a Mission School in Kenya, eighteen years in Higher Education at NGU. 

  • Articles Published

    Report writer for CAEP and SACS IE 

    2009: Publication: Assessing teacher candidates: A multi-dimensional approach. Teacher Education Journal of South Carolina, 9(1), 58-66. 

    2016: Published a discipleship course for 12 weeks that is used at the university chaplain intern’s program and local churches.  

    2018: Published Jesus the Greatest Teacher, A 25-day devotional highlighting the educational theories practiced by Jesus in His teaching ministry.  

    2019: Published a chapter in The Next Step: Today’s Methods for Today’s Math.  

    Dissertation completed in 2002: Teaching the ABCs: A naturalistic four-case study of curricular enactment strategies used by four Kenyan preschool teachers.

    Presentation to the Brown Bag study group entitled: Ethnography in the Lounge. USC, 1999.

  • Awards Received

    2019 Distinguished Professor of North Greenville University 

    2012 Golden Gift Leadership Challenge Scholarship, Austin, TX.  

    2009 and 2005 Lamar Chapman Meritorious Service Award  

  • My Network

    I work with all major school districts in this region to host an annual job fair.  

    I follow and interact with Building Math Minds.  

  • My Story

    There were many teachers in our extended family. My Aunt taught mathematics and I really admired her. I love mathematics and I love to see people understand and use mathematics to solve problems. I went to Winthrop University and studied Secondary Mathematics Education and went to Kenya for two years and taught in an African boarding school, then I came back to the states and taught 3 years in Lexington District 1. I returned to Kenya for 21 more years teaching high school mathematics. I came to NGU in 2002 as a missionary-in-residence and joined the faculty in 2003 after completing a Doctor of Education from the University of South Carolina. I absolutely love teaching.

    My Favorite Course to Teach: Global Perspectives in Education that combines my love of teaching with my heart for the nations. I also love the History of Faith and Mathematics that challenges us to develop and mathematical apologetic for our faith. It is really hard to narrow it down because I love all of my courses and all of the students.  

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