Ms. Charlene Evans, Plymouth High School Mathematics Teacher, is the Northeast Region Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014. Ms. Evans holds a MAED degree in Mathematics Education from ECU! Please read more about this in The Reflector at:

http://www.reflector.com/workweek/people/plymouth-high-math-teacher-honored-2259623

# Dr. Susan Ganter Honored for Book Publication

Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Marilyn Sheerer presented an award to Dr. Susan Ganter at the reception on October 30, 2013 in the second floor exhibit gallery of Joyner Library. This reception honors Dr. Susan Ganter for the publishing of her book. “Partner Discipline Recommendations for Introductory College Mathematics and the Implication for College Algebra”.

For further information about this book go to: http://www.maa.org/publications/ebooks/partner-discipline-recommendations-forintroductory-college-mathematics-andthe

# Dr. Rachlin Wins Innovator Award at NCCTM

Dr. Sid Rachlin, Professor of Mathematics Education, won the coveted (individual) Innovator Award for his ground breaking work in leading the state-wide effort to develop the Early Mathematics Add-on Licensure Program. Sid led a process from working with the UNC GA to organize the work; to gaining program/licensure approval from the NC State Board of Education; to leading program development (leading faculty from seven universities to develop six graduate courses); to getting eight universities to approve the courses and program with the same numbers, titles, and descriptions; to securing funding for teachers to participate in the pilot offerings of the program.

# ECU Student Wins “Student of the Year Award” at NCCTM

Blaire Watford, senior BS Mathematics Education and BA Mathematics double major, won the Eastern Region NCCTM Student of the Year award. Blaire is an outstanding student who is involved in the Gamma Chapter (student organization of NCCTM at ECU), has volunteered for a number of mathematics education service projects, is involved in several ECU service activities, and has won mathematics/mathematics education academic scholarships.

# Coveted Rankin Award at NCCTM

William “Ray” Jernigan was one of three winners of the coveted Rankin Award for his numerous contributions – teacher, leader, coach, and NCCTM do-everything man.

Ray has taught for both the Department of Mathematics and for the Mathematics Education area as well as collaborating with ECU as a teacher at Farmville Central HS and as a lead facilitator for NC-PIMS.

Congratulations, Ray

# ECU Student Presents at NCCTM Conference

ECU Brooke Hill presents a session on probability to high school teachers at the NC Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference in Greensboro today. Brooke is working on a MAED in Mathematics Education. She received her BS in Mathematics from ECU May 2013. Professor, Rose Sinecrope, gave her an excellent review saying, “Brooke was awesome!”

# GAMMA STUDENT CHAPTER EXPERIENCES 3D PRINTING:

On Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013, Dr. Abbie Brown, a full professor in Instruction Technology, shared his knowledge of and experiences with 3D printing with mathematics education students and faculty. Dr. Brown spoke with a standing room only crowd during the monthly Gamma Student Chapter meeting. Students and faculty enjoyed getting their hands on several of Dr. Brown’s previous prints, which included a dragon, a dog, a treasure chest, an owl, and a ring. Attendees learned about the cost of necessary materials, how 3D printing works, and potential uses of 3D printing. The conversation also included time for students to discuss applications of 3D printing for the mathematics classroom. The culmination of the presentation was a 3D printing of an ECU insignia ring.

The next meeting of the Gamma Student Chapter will be on Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 from 5-6 pm. We will be Flipping the Mathematics Classroom! Please join us!!!

For further information contact Dr. Charity Cayton (caytonc@ecu.edu) or Dr. Kwaku Adu-Gyamfi (ADUGWAMFIK@ecu.edu)

# MATHEMATICS EDUCATION STUDENTS SHARE POSTERS ABOUT NCCTM CONFERENCE

The North Carolina Council Teachers of Mathematics held their state conference Oct 31-Nov 1, 2013 in Greensboro, NC. A delegation of 18 Senior 1, secondary mathematics education students were among those representing ECU as attendees at this event. Upon their return from the conference, these students created posters highlighting several interesting or useful ideas gleaned from the sessions and workshops. On Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013, these students hosted a special Gamma Student Chapter event to share their posters with other mathematics education students and faculty. Approximately 50 mathematics and science education students and faculty attended the event. The Senior 1 students talked to visitors about their posters and experiences at the conference. The active engagement between presenters and attendees provided participants with a greater appreciation of the exciting happenings in North Carolina mathematics education.

# ECU Alumnus Wins Teacher of the Year Award from Wilson Community College

Brandon Craft, ECU Alumnus, is awarded 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year for Wilson Community College. Mr. Craft completed his B.S. Mathematics, Secondary Education degree from ECU in 2007 and his M.A. Mathematics degree in 2010. Prior to teaching mathematics at Wilson Community College, Mr. Craft was a high school teacher at SouthWest Edgecombe High School in Pinetops, NC.

# Never Too Old for LEGO!

On Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013 Jennifer Christensen met with the Gamma Student Chapter, Mathematics Education Club. She introduced students and faculty to U.S. FIRST: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (http://www.usfirst.org/); a national LEGO robotics challenge league that emphasizes STEM learning across K-12. There are four local teams at the middle grades level that meet 1-2 times per week to prepare for local, state, national, and international competitions. Students and faculty enjoyed playing with sample robots, and a few students expressed interest in becoming mentors for local FIRST LEGO League robotics teams in Pitt County.