Kudos to state's outstanding math teachers

Five instructors from Vermont were honored by the Vermont Council of Teachers of Mathematics as outstanding math teachers in the state. The awardees are:

Karin Ames (South Hero) - Folsom Educational Center.

Erin Danner (Rutland) - Woodstock Union High School.

Monica Carter (Hinesburg) - Champlain Valley Union High School.

Michael Caraco (North Bennington) - Burr and Burton Academy.

Jane Drown (Northfield) - Randolph Union High School.

The awards were presented at the VCTM annual conference oApril 1 at the College of St. Joseph in Rutland.

Erin Danner has been teaching for fifteen years, and is currently the math program coordinator at Woodstock Union High School.

According to a student who nominated her for this award, she keeps the classroom fun and purposeful at the same time.

Erin creates a classroom culture that is so safe that students are comfortable presenting their incorrect solutions to their classmates, in order to find their mistakes. She expertly designs classes to utilize the 85-minute block periods, and students stay engaged as they participate in large-group discussions, individual exercises, and movement-filled activities.

Her interactions with colleagues, some of whom share a classroom with her, are marked by insight, fairness, and fun. She is a passionate learner, both about mathematics and about her teaching craft; her focus on the importance of the process rather than just the end product makes her an inspiring model of lifelong learning for students and creates a learning environment that gives them confidence and skills to succeed.

Monica Carter has been teaching high school mathematics at Champlain Valley Union High School for fifteen years. Both her colleagues and her students see Monica as demanding but compassionate, students-centered but in control and extremely skilled but humble.

Monica has a great sense of humor that makes math fun and helps students be at ease while taking on the challenges of math. She has taken the lead in moving her math department towards integrating Differentiated Instruction into the classroom. She is a teacher mentor and serves on the Program Council, which is a board that oversees almost every aspect of the schools operation.

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