Winthrop University: COE Faculty Profile - Armstrong, Abbigail

Name:  Abbigail Armstrong
Title:  Associate Professor
Education:  Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Gardner-Webb University; M.Ed., Middle Level Education, Winthrop University; B.A., Secondary Mathematics Education
Office:  226 Withers/W.T.S. Building   
Phone:  803/323-2457
Area(s):  Literacy in the Content Areas; Rigorous Instruction in the Mathematics and Science Classroom; Building and Fostering Resilience in Youth and Young Adults


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Dr. Armstrong is the author of two books: Rigor in the 6-12 Math and Science Classsroom and Rigor in the K-5 Math and Science Classroom. Although her formal training was in secondary mathematics, she discovered that she liked working with middle school students, so she taught 7th and 8th grade mathematics for 10 years in various districts in South Carolina. She came to Winthrop in 2005 to teach in the Middle Level Education program but has experience teaching in various departments in the Richard W. Riley College of Education. She began her 15th year at Winthrop University in the Fall of 2019. Not only does Dr. Armstrong have over 20 years of teaching experience, she is a skilled presenter and has shared her expertise at conferences and at various school districts internationally, nationally, and locally.

Dr. Armstrong is a first generation college student from Chesterfield, South Carolina. Her parents, the late Captain and Sarah Jefferson taught her that, no matter your circumstances, you can succeed if that is what you want to do. She is married to Caldwell Jerome Armstrong of Gastonia, NC and they have two children. Asheland, who is an aspiring actress and Justin, who his mom calls, “her little engineer.” She loves to read, sing, dance, and admire nature’s beauty. Her favorite quote is the bible passage: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding, in all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

Last updated by cauthenk 02/08/2023

Last Updated: 2/8/23