OCTM Awards

OCTM AWARDS: Educators and friends of mathematics
Each year, the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics recognizes outstanding teachers, professors, emerging leaders and friends of mathematics. Thank you for helping us identify deserving educators and leaders to be considered for these OCTM Awards. 

Please complete this nomination form. NOTE:  The deadline for the 2018 nominations was March 31, 2018.
NOTE:  All 2018 applications (including a letter of recommendation) were due by May 31, 2018.
Questions about these awards may be referred to Heather Wukelich, OCTM District Director at Large, at heather.wukelich@ohioctm.org .

OCTM STATE AWARDS
Each year, the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics recognizes outstanding ELEMENTARY and SECONDARY teachers of Mathematics in each of its eight districts in OhioPrevious District Awardees are eligible to apply for the following STATE awards:
  • Miller/Werner Award (previous OCTM Elementary District Awardee)
  • Buck Martin Award (previous OCTM Secondary District Awardee)
Previous awardees will be notified regarding how to apply for these awards this year.

All OCTM Awardees are recognized at the OCTM Awards Reception at the annual conference.  In 2018, the reception/banquet will be held during the evening of Thursday, October 11 in downtown Akron (the full conference runs October 11 and 12; click here for more information).

Congratulations 2018 OCTM Awardees!

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:  To be revealed at the banquet on October 11!  Last year's awardee was Jerry Moreno (pictured below).

The 2017 OCTM Conference was held October 19-20, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio, with the Awards Banquet during the evening of October 19.  It was a wonderful night to recognize so many outstanding educators and supporters of mathematics teaching and learning!

Browse the names of previous awardees HERE on Google Drive!  See below for the biographies of the Ohio mathematics leaders for whom these awards were named.


District Awards

Outstanding Elementary Classroom Teacher
Outstanding Middle School Classroom Teacher
Outstanding Secondary Classroom Teacher 

Each year, OCTM makes available district awards for outstanding elementary, middle school, and secondary classroom teachers in each of its eight districts in Ohio. The application is sent to each nominee online and must be completed by the nominee. Principals, department chairs, colleagues, etc. should encourage outstanding classroom teachers to apply for this award.  

Click HERE to see a list of current and past District Award recipients.



State Awards
Myrtle Miller / Marijane Werner Award - Elementary Teachers
The Myrtle Miller / Marijane Werner Award is given by the OCTM for Exemplary Mathematics Teaching to one elementary teacher in the state of Ohio each year. To be considered for this award, the teacher must have been chosen as the outstanding elementary mathematics teacher in one of the eight districts in Ohio. Click HERE to see the names of past recipients of this award.

This award is named after two leaders in the area of elementary mathematics. Myrtle Miller spent the majority of her teaching career at Prairie College Elementary in Canton, Ohio. She dedicated much of her time and energy to the advancement of the teaching of mathematics to elementary students. Sister Marijane Werner served as mathematics specialist for the Kent State University College of Education. She was a pioneer in research on the impact of calculators on mathematics education and recognized as an authority on metric systems.

Buck Martin Award - Secondary Teachers
The Buck Martin Award is given by the OCTM for Exemplary Mathematics Teaching to one secondary teacher in the state of Ohio each year. To be considered for this award, the teacher must have been chosen as the outstanding secondary mathematics teacher in one of the eight districts in Ohio. Click HERE to see the names of past recipients of this award.

This award is named after Ralph “Buck” Martin. He was a very active leader in the mathematics community. Buck enjoyed working with students and felt a deep commitment to their success. He was teaching mathematics education at Bowling Green State University and serving as president elect of OCTM at the time of his death.

Kenneth Cummins Award - College Teachers
The Kenneth Cummins Award is given by the OCTM for Exemplary Mathematics Teaching to a college level teacher of mathematics and/or mathematics education in the state of Ohio. To be considered for this award, the teacher must have been nominated by a member of OCTM and completed an application. Click HERE to see the names of past recipients of this award.

This award is named after Kenneth Cummins. Dr. Cummins was well known in the mathematics community for his outstanding teaching. He was on the mathematics faculty at Kent State University and made numerous presentations at OCTM, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and Ohio Section of the Mathematical Association of America meetings. He was widely known for conducting numerous summer and academic year institutes for high school mathematics teachers in which he reached a large number of teachers of mathematics throughout the state. He was such a role model because of his deep love for mathematics.

Emerging Leader Award
The Emerging Leader Award is presented to a current mathematics education pre-service teacher OR a mathematics educator who has taught for five years or less.  This person has demonstrated leadership potential in mathematics education in the state of Ohio and/or nation through a specific project or involvement in the field.  Individuals who have already received the award are not eligible. Click HERE to see the names of past recipients of this award.

Christofferson - Fawcett Award

The Christofferson-Fawcett award is given annually to a member of the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics for a lifetime contribution to mathematics education. The recipient is recognized for outstanding and inspirational professional service to the mathematics community. Click HERE to see the names of past recipients of this award.

The award is named for two distinguished Ohio mathematics educators: Halbert C. Christofferson (McGuffey Laboratory School at Miami University) and Harold P. Fawcett (The Ohio State University). Both Dr. Christofferson and Dr. Fawcett were members of the group that established the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and they were pioneers in leading secondary school students to learn and use mathematics. The standards by which these leaders of mathematics education conducted their careers are the criteria for selecting the annual recipient of this award.

Bert Waits Friend of Mathematics Award
The Bert Waits Friend of Mathematics Award is presented to a mathematics educator or non-educator who has positively influenced mathematics education in the state of Ohio and/or nation through a specific project or sustained activities. Individuals who have already received the award are not eligible. Click HERE to see the names of past recipients of this award.
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