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2018 WVCTM Awards Print
Roger Bennett with Myrtle and Jim HollandRoger Bennett with Myrtle and Jim Holland
The most prestigious award given by WVCTM is the Distinguished Service Award, presented to the individual who has done exemplary work statewide in mathematics education.  The award includes a Captain’s Chair with an engraved plaque, hence it is often referred to as “The Chair” Award. The 2018 recipient is Roger Bennett, a retired teacher from Boone County Schools.
   
Roger holds a BA in Elementary Education, with Specialization in Social Studies, Math, and Children’s Theatre, and an MA in Elementary Education/Emphasis in Math through Algebra I. Before retiring in 2013, he taught in Boone County for 35 years, in grades kindergarten through graduate school, including many years as an elementary instructional coach and four years as Assistant Professor in the Marshall University Graduate School. He is currently a Carnegie Learning Master Practitioner. During his career, Roger received numerous awards including Boone County Teacher of the Year and three Education Alliance Grants. His sessions at the annual WVCTM conference are some of the largest in attendance as he always has innovative ideas for enhancing mathematics instruction.  Bennett also serves as the Council’s representative to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and is a member of the NCTM Policy and Membership Committee.  
WVCTM Mathematics Teachers of the Year are those who exemplify the highest standards of mathematics teaching and provide a role model for their colleagues.
Laurel Dilley with Allan MeckLaurel Dilley with Allan MeckLaurel Dilley was recognized as the 2018 High School Mathematics Teacher of the Year.  Currently a mathematics teacher at Pocahontas County High School, she recalls as a college student defending her dream of becoming an educator. “I started pushing myself to be extra vocal and confident when somebody asked about my major,” she said. “I want to be a teacher because I want to make a difference in multiple children’s lives. I want to be a teacher because I love math and what better way to share that love than to expose students to it."
 
Pocahontas County mathematics teachers have become known statewide for their creative approaches to teaching and the success that their students have experienced.  “I’ve been in good circumstances,” Laurel stated. “All the success we’ve had in the math department is not solely on one person. I feel like we’ve just taken on a completely different model for teaching and viewpoint on teaching, and that’s thanks to Joanna Burt-Kinderman’s work and all of us working together." A colleague wrote the following. “Laurel has absolute belief in and affection for young people. She has that ‘gift’ that certain teachers have that is a magnet to young people. She is a committed and hard-working educator whose intelligence, skill, insight and passion are at the center of her work, enriching everyone she comes in contact with. [She is] committed to teaching math creatively and well, to learning about her craft, and to advocating for the importance to young people of learning mathematics and becoming generous, learning citizens of their place in this world.” 
 
In addition to her regular teaching duties, she has designed a new computer science course. An amazing 80% of her students have changed their intended major, minor or career path due to this course. Additionally, her STEM club students won a statewide Verizon App development contest, designing a better communication solution for natural disasters. Laurel has attended numerous conferences, both as a participant and as a presenter, and has returned exuberant and ready to impact her students in yet a different way.  Her classes are never static, but constantly evolving to reflect her own new learning.  Her students are never passive learners, but always active participants, reasoning logically and justifying their conclusions.  Laurel is a visionary teacher who pushes her students and her colleagues to continually do their best and challenge themselves.
Fred Albert with Tiffany BrewerFred Albert with Tiffany Brewer 
Fred Albert was recognized as the 2018 Middle School Mathematics Teacher of the Year. He is currently a mathematics teacher at Dupont Middle School in Kanawha County. A colleague shared the following:  “During his 26 years of teaching, Fred has served as a mentor for many young teachers. He is a PLC Facilitator in his building and has received the Kanawha County Educator Spotlight Award. Each month, he attends or presents at monthly math user nights for math teachers in the county. When Kanawha County went to 1:1 with iPads, he was one of the first to sign up for training, and he continues to try new ways of integrating technology into his classrooms.” Fred's efforts have obviously been successful, as DuPont Middle School is always at the top of the county in standardized testing.  In 2016 he was recognized as the Kanawha County Teacher of the Year. Fred truly knows what mathematics teaching and learning should look like and is a role model who is always willing to share his expertise with colleagues and novice teachers alike. 
  
Lisa PrichardLisa PrichardLisa Prichard was recognized as the 2018 Elementary School Mathematics Teacher of the Year.  Lisa is currently a fourth-grade teacher at Logan Elementary School in Logan County.  A colleague wrote the following:  “Lisa Prichard is a highly-qualified veteran teacher who devotes countless hours to her fourth grade students. She has high expectations for all students and stays in constant contact with parents to ensure students achieve their highest potential. She frequently gives up lunches, evenings, and weekends to tutoring struggling students. In fact, at the end of each term, she hosts a lock-in for her students to reward them for their behavior and academic achievements.  She is always looking for ways to improve her instruction and resources to offer her students. She is a master teacher who differentiates instruction to support her struggling students AND enriches the instruction for advanced students.” Lisa's desire to think deeply about mathematics as she seeks to develop mathematical ideas in her students is truly an asset to her school and will undoubtedly have far-reaching effects as these students progress through mathematics curriculum.