Alphonso Lucero is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He has an M.S. in applied mathematics from the University of California, Riverside, an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a B.S. in mathematics from Iowa State University. His research interests include educational reform, STEM teacher training, math curriculum, and mathematical modeling.
Prior to joining Pardee RAND, Lucero was a high school mathematics teacher in Las Vegas, Nevada, as part of Teach For America. He has also worked as a math instructor for the San Manuel Tribal Government Department of Education and as a faculty member and curriculum writer for the summer enrichment program, Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics.
At RAND, he has worked on STEM teacher training program evaluations focusing on student's attidudes towards STEM careers. Recently, he has been involved in the use of RAND's American Educator Panel national teacher and school leader surveys.