Jonathan is an Assistant Professor, Elementary Mathematics Education at University of Kentucky. His research is in the areas of Teacher Noticing, Quantitative Imagery, and Learning Trajectories, and he has twice received funding from the National Science Foundation to conduct studies in these areas. He is currently serving as the lead investigator on a multi-institutional team focused on better supporting children's growth in early algebraic thinking. He is also interested in many other aspects of teaching and learning including child-teacher interaction patterns and the nature of educational policymaking. Prior to his UK faculty appointment, he served as a mathematics intervention specialist working with struggling elementary and middle-grades students in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky and during this time was immersed in Math Recovery® professional development experiences including MRIS, AVMR, and several advanced courses at summer institutes.
Dr. Thomas earned his doctorate in Mathematics Education, at the University of Cincinnati. He has a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Kentucky and a M.Ed. in educational leadership also from the University of Cincinnati.