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OCTM's Mission
OCTM promotes quality teaching and learning of mathematics in Ohio by supporting educators and their professional growth, fostering collaboration, and advocating for informed public policy.

OCTM's Vision
To be a highly valued community in which teachers of mathematics can grow professionally in order to foster deep mathematics understanding for all learners.

OCTM Board
Find the full directory of OCTM leaders here.


OCTM Annual Conferences

Propose a session now through January 31!

OCTM invites you to participate in the 69th Annual Conference at the beautiful Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Sandusky on October 23-25, 2019!

Find all current information, including the session proposal form and hotel reservation form, on this pageSession proposals are due by January 31, 2019. 
OCTM was so pleased to welcome over 1,100 members of our statewide professional community to Akron at the John S. Knight Center on October 11-12, 2018!  Thanks to all who participated!

Click here for additional conference information.


OCTM Awards:
"Nominate a Colleague" Challenge

We know that there are great things happening in classrooms across Ohio -- here is an opportunity to recognize your outstanding colleagues!

Teachers at the elementary school, middle school, and high school levels are recognized in each of our eight OCTM districts.

Additionally, there are state level awards for a university faculty member, an Emerging Leader, and a Friend of Mathematics. 

Award winners will be notified in early summer and will be recognized during OCTM's annual conference held in Sandusky from October 23-25.

Please consider nominating a colleague for one of OCTM's Awards by completing this form.  Nominations are due no later than March 31, 2019.  

If you have questions about the nomination process, please contact your OCTM District Director.


Congratulations 2018 OCTM Awardees!
See this page for more information.

District Awardees:
Central District: Katie Castle, Ali Fleming, Alisha Sleeper
East District: Molly Bordenkircher, Lisa Maiorana, Ashley Meinke
Northeast District: Allison Klutarich, Suzanne Malak, Rebecca Mele
Northwest District: John Eckhart, Sarah Moore, Tara Urbanyi
South District: Sarah Hatfield
Southeast District: Maria Douglas, Amanda Kolbe
Southwest District: Nichole Bruce, Scott Cropper, Joe Stahl
West District: Michelle Kessen, Michelle Owen, Laura Sturey

State Awardees:
Elementary (Miller/Werner): Laura Niswonger
Middle School: Nicole Kelley
Secondary (Buck Martin): Amy Latsch
College (Kenneth Cummins): Gabriel Matney
Emerging Leader: Jared Olson
Friend of Mathematics (Bert Waits): Brian Bickley

Christofferson-Fawcett (Lifetime Achievement) Awardee:  Anne Mikesell

Questions about awards may be referred to Heather Wukelich, OCTM District Director at Large, at heather.wukelich@ohioctm.org .

OCTM Membership

What opportunities do you and your mathematics colleagues have to participate in informed, collaborative professional growth?  If you are an administrator, do your teachers participate in OCTM?  You can help colleagues become part of this organization comprised of a strong network of 3,000+ educators in Ohio.
  • Information you can share about OCTM: Share this video in which 5 OCTM members talk about their reasons for being involved, and share this flyer that includes information about our organization.  Visit the links to the left for more details.

Additional ways for you to be involved:

  • We invite you to respond to this brief survey that will help OCTM leaders to provide opportunities that support professional growth.
  • On Twitter, watch for tweets from OCTM members sharing why they are part of OCTM at @ohioctm and #octmconnects .
See a list here of all those who invited at least one new member to become part of OCTM during the 2018 Membership Drive.  This is how we grow!


OCTM is seeking engaged leaders:
Accepting nominations for the board by Mar. 1

This year, the following positions will be on the ballot for our board of directors (terms begin in October):
  • President-Elect (will serve as president from 2020-2022)
  • Vice President - Elementary (2019-2022)
  • Treasurer (2019-2021)
  • District Director At-Large (2019-2022)
  • East District Director (2019-2022)
  • Southeast District Director (2019-2022)
Find the job descriptions for all board positions HERE.  The board works together in person three times per year in Columbus (two Saturdays, and a Friday in the summer) and does ongoing work online and in local areas throughout the year.

If you are interested in one of these positions and would like to contact the current leader for more information, you can find a list of all board members and their contact information HERE.

Please e-mail Nominations Chair Bob Batty by March 1 at bob.batty@ohioctm.org if you are interested in running or to submit a name for nomination (along with the email address of the person you are nominating).


OCTM's Last Surviving Charter Member

Luther Shetler, Mathematics Professor Emeritus at Bluffton College/University, was the last surviving charter member of OCTM.  During the banquet at our conference this past October, several OCTM members wrote a brief note to Dr. Shetler to thank him for his role in the creation of our organization.  Duane Bollenbacher (OCTM Historian) was able to visit Dr. Shetler to share our message of gratitude.  Many commented on the impact Dr. Shetler's "Mathematics of Bubbles" presentations had made on them.  We are saddened to share that Dr. Shetler passed away on December 15, 2018.  (You can read his obituary for further details about his life.)  When Duane shared the news of Dr. Shetler's passing, he mentioned how appreciative Dr. Shetler was of the note from OCTM.

As an organization, we are incredibly grateful for the work of those who came before us.  We truly stand on the shoulders of giants.  In honor of those who have come before, we will begin a new series in February to highlight charter members and other leaders of OCTM.  Find this and other OCTM history at this page on our site.

Professional Opportunities in Ohio for Mathematics Teaching and Learning

View professional development opportunities that are open to all Ohio mathematics educators at the OCTM event calendar HERE. Please note that these events are not sponsored or officially endorsed by OCTM unless indicated.  We encourage you to participate in the events sponsored by our local affiliate groups and the Ohio Math Teacher Circles. If you are offering an opportunity that you would like to have posted, please e-mail Matt Carpenter.

SE Ohio Math Teachers' Circle 
photos provided by Courtney Koestler


2018 OCTM Scholarship recipients:
See this page for more information.

Lindsay Cater, Marissa Kalina, Jenna Odom,
Camila Rodriguez, Kylea Royal, Tiffany Ward, Taylor Wood