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.

The deadline for the 2020 nominations is March 31, 2020.
The nomination form will be available soon on this page.  All applications (including letters of recommendation) will be due by May 31, 2020.

2020 awardees will be notified in the early summer and will be recognized during OCTM's annual conference held in Cincinnati (at the Sharonville Convention Center) on October 15-16, 2020.

Questions may be referred to Matt Carpenter, OCTM District Director at-Large, at matt.carpenter@ohioctm.org .


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.  Principals, department chairs, colleagues, etc. should encourage outstanding classroom teachers to apply for this award.  The application is sent to each nominee online and must be completed by the nominee. 

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


STATE AWARDS
Please see below on this page for descriptions of these awards and the educators for whom they were named, as well as lists of past recipients.

Previous OCTM District Awardees are eligible to apply for the following STATE awards:
  • Myrtle Miller/Marijane Werner Award (previous OCTM Elementary District Awardee)
  • Linda M. Gojak Award (previous OCTM Middle School District Awardee)
  • Buck Martin Award (previous OCTM Secondary District Awardee)
Previous awardees will be notified regarding how to apply for these awards each year.

OCTM honors three additional people at the state level:
  • Kenneth Cummins Award (College teachers)
  • Emerging Leader Award (Pre-service teachers, or teachers with up to five years of experience)
  • Bert Waits Friend of Mathematics Award (Individuals who have positively influenced mathematics education in Ohio)
College faculty, school leaders, colleagues, etc. should encourage outstanding educators and friends of mathematics to apply for these awards.  The application is sent to each nominee online and must be completed by the nominee.

The Christofferson-Fawcett Award is also presented annually to a member of the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics for a lifetime contribution to mathematics education.  The recipient of this award is nominated and selected by previous honorees.

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Congratulations 2019 OCTM Awardees!

District Awardees:
Central District: Jennifer Haley, Jeannie Doukakis, Jonathan "Brian" Ledford
East District: Erika Poston, Jennifer Stachowiak, Jenny Walls
Northeast District: Stacey Beacher, Kimberly Lentz
Northwest District: Valencia Perry, Sarah Richards, Kelly Horstman
Southeast District: Colleen Ulbrich, Molly Mirgon
Southwest District: Beth Flanigan, Haley Johnston, Kristen Fouss
West District: Linda Price, Ellen Guthrie, Meghan Arnold

State Awardees:
Elementary (Miller/Werner): Joe Stahl
Middle School: Korianne Krill
Secondary (Buck Martin): Rachael Gorsuch
College (Kenneth Cummins): Anita O'Mellan
Emerging Leader: Katie McIntosh
Friend of Mathematics (Bert Waits): Steve Miller

Christofferson-Fawcett (Lifetime Achievement) Awardee: Trish Koontz

Browse the names of previous awardees HERE on Google Drive! 

See below for the biographies of the Ohio mathematics leaders for whom the state awards were named.




Namesakes for State Awards

Myrtle Miller / Marijane Werner Award - Elementary Teachers

The Myrtle Miller / Marijane Werner Award is presented 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.

Linda M. Gojak Award - Middle School Teachers

The Linda M. Gojak Award is presented for Exemplary Mathematics Teaching to one middle school teacher in the state of Ohio each year. To be considered for this award, the teacher must have been chosen as the outstanding middle school mathematics teacher in one of the eight districts in Ohio.  2018 was the first year for this award.

This award is named after an Ohio and national leader in mathematics education, Linda M. GojakAfter teaching elementary and middle grade levels for more than 28 years, Linda became the director of the Center for Mathematics and Science Education, Teaching, and Technology at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio.  Linda has served as the president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics.  Among the honors that Linda has received was the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching—one of the nation’s highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. She was also awarded the Christofferson-Fawcett Award for Leadership in Mathematics Education from OCTM. 

Buck Martin Award - Secondary Teachers

The Buck Martin Award is presented 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 presented 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 presented 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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