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Trevor Stanley presents at the 2016 ICTM Regional Mathematics Conference

Trevor Stanley, 2016 ICTM Regional Mathematics Conference presenterTrevor Stanley, a Math Education major, presented at the 2016 ICTM Regional Mathematics Conference on February 25, 2016. His presentation focused on the importance of challenging the brightest high school math students. Trevor presented topics requiring ingenuity and critical thinking skills, including: finding the values of infinite square roots, finding areas using the Shoelace Theorem, and analyzing the roots of polynomials by examining their local extrema. Trevor plans to graduate from SIU in the Spring of 2017.

Denise Brown receives ICTM's Excellence in Elementary Teaching of Mathematics Award 

Denise Brown, winner of the ICTM Excellence in Elementary Teaching of Mathematics AwardDenise Brown from Carruthers Elementary School in Murphysboro received the Excellence in Elementary Teaching of Mathematics Award from the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM). The ICTM is dedicated to encouraging an active interest in all areas of  mathematics education, and to enhancing the teaching and learning of mathematics.

In selecting Ms. Brown for this award the ICTM recognized her use of a  variety of sound teaching strategies and instructional resources, and her effectiveness as a mathematics educator. Her enthusiasm for math and for teaching ignites her students’ interest and makes them eager learners.

Denise Brown is a seasoned teacher with fifteen years of experience. For the past eight years, she has been teaching fifth grade at Carruthers Elementary School, has been a mentor cooperating teacher for SIUC teacher candidates for the past three years, and currently serves as a Noyce Master Teaching Fellow within "A Community of Problem Solvers".  During her time at Murphysboro she also earned her M.S.Ed. with specialty areas of Mathematics and Science Education from SIUC.

In his Weekly Message Dr. Tony Smith, State Superintendent of Education commented on Denise’s dedication and her ability to constantly find new and exciting ways to engage her students.

Katie Groves receives IACTE's Outstanding Beginning Teacher Award 

Katie Groves with Illinois Sentor Gary Forby accepting 2015 IACTE Outstanding Beginning Teacher Award.Congratulations to Katie Groves, 2015 recipient of the IACTE Outstanding Beginning Teacher Award!

"Katherine is dedicated to the profession and contiually seeks out meaningful professional development to better herself and her academic knowledge. She excels at collaborating within her grade-level team and building as a whole," shared Principal Tom Webb of Carterville Intermediate.