Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics News

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 Annual Conference
Thanks to all who submitted speaker proposals!  Stay tuned for conference updates!

For those of you budgeting for conference, the following pricing has been established:

  • full conference -  $75 for OCTM members and $100 for non-members, free for OCTM member college students and $5 for non-member college students
  • one day - $50 for OCTM members and $75 for non-members, free for OCTM member college students and $5 for non-member college students
  • late registration - add $10
Plan to celebrate with our 2017 OCTM Awardees at the
Annual Conference in Columbus
Questions?  Contact OCTM's District Director-at Large, Heather Wukelich <heather.wukelich@ohioctm.org>

2016 State Award Winners
Congratulations to the following Ohio educators for being selected as recipients of the State awards

Aina Appova - Kenneth Cummins Award (Post-secondary)
Annika Moore - Bert Waits Friends of Mathematics Award
Jennifer Ray - Emerging Leader Award
Nina Sudnick - Miller/Werner Award (Elementary)
Steve Phelps - Buck Martin Award (Secondary) 

2016 District Award Winners
Congratulations to the following Ohio educators for being selected as District Outstanding Educators

Kathy Rekstis, Nicole Kelley, Chris Bolognese, Keri L. Stoyle, Kara Gilanyi, Michael Porinchak, Kimberly Adkins, Paula Clark, Alan Lortz, Michael Mays, Nathan Nemire, James Mahlmeister, Terrina Fahnestock, Angie Turner, Ryan Davis, Sarah Roche, Ann Crase, Amy Brossart, Rachael White, Darlene Stammen, and Brian Huelskamp

2017 OCTM Memorial Scholarships
(deadline for application:  June 30th)

This fall, OCTM will award six $750 scholarships. Anyone interested in applying must fit the following qualifications:
  • be a junior, senior or graduate student in the fall of 2017 at a college or university in Ohio; 
  • be enrolled in a program that leads to an Ohio Resident Educator license in a field which includes the teaching of mathematics at some level, K-12; and 
  • be a prospective first-time teacher (i.e. must not have taught professionally).
Additionally, the Sarah Greenholz* Memorial Scholarship of $1500 will be given to the top applicant who meets the following criteria.
  • The awardee of the Greenholtz Scholarship must be working toward a teaching license in a field that includes the teaching of mathematics at some level, K-12.
  • A candidate must present strong evidence of the likelihood of future success as a teacher of mathematics.
  • Individuals who have taught professionally or who have already earned a bachelor’s degree and are changing careers are not eligible for this scholarship. 
Persons interested in applying for OCTM Memorial Scholarships must download the application form and submit the completed application, official college transcript(s), institution verification form, and one letter of support from a college/university faculty member or cooperating teacher.  Click here for complete directions including submission details.

Applications must be postmarked on or before June 30, 2017.  
Please mail these items to: 
                            OCTM Scholarships
                            c/o Linda Gojak
                            139 Seaborn Drive
                            Willowick, OH 44095

Questions may be addressed to Memorial Scholarship Chair, Linda Gojak, lgojak@sbcglobal.net Please use OCTM Scholarship as the Subject of your email.

*Note:  Sarah (Sally) Greenholz was a mathematics teacher and supervisor in Cincinnati.  She was a charter member of OCTM and served as vice president of NCTM from 1967 to 1969.  In 1986 Sarah received the Christofferson-Fawcett Award for Lifetime Contributions to Mathematics Education.  

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