Listee Features — Mathematics


Growing up, Grace E. Quinlan struggled with the subject of mathematics. However, with the help of her fourth grade teacher, she began excelling in multiplication, which caused her to develop a love for mathematics. Her passion for teaching children, coupled with her interest in mathematics, led her to pursue a career in elementary education. Upon graduating high school, she attended Molloy College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics in 1970. Ms. Quinlan concluded her academic efforts with a Master of Education from Queens College in 1975. Ms. Quinlan began her career a teacher in 1970. Five years later, she joined New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Union Free School District, where she would serve the role of a mathematics

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Judith Sharp Cain, EdD, began her distinguished career in 1972 as an estimator for Dubroc and Associates Inc., in Lafayette, Louisiana. After nine years, she began working in various academic roles, initially serving as a middle school mathematics educator for the Lafayette Parish School Board and teaching at the Cathedral Carmel School in 1986. Maintaining her affiliation with the district into the present day, she has earned distinction as a workshop and in-services presenter since 1997, and notably held the title of a lead teacher between 1999 and 2013. Additionally, Dr. Cain has held various other positions outside the classroom, including as an educational facilitator for the Acadiana Brain Injury Center and educational consultant for the Evangeline Parish. A focused

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With several decades of professional experience to her credit, Saundra Paschal currently teaches algebra and pre-calculus to the students of Lake View High School in San Angelo, Texas. As a specialist in algebra and pre-calculus, she develops a comprehensive lesson plans designed to prepare students for standardized testing and provide them with mathematical skills that see use on a daily basis outside of the classroom. Ms. Paschal has always valued the support she received from her own high school teachers and entered teaching as an aide. Today, she is very proud of her former students, who joined her as teachers in her high school. In 2008, the football coach and all of his staff were all of her students. An

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Joanne Romeo-Schaffer


An expert in many areas of mathematics, Joanne J. Marino Romeo-Schaffer has to be very clear in her description of what she is going to do and why, because there is no sense in teaching anything to students if there is not an everyday principle that they can use it for. That notion goes up to different equations in college. It is also sometimes elementary and seventh through eighth grade mathematics, so it covers the whole broad stream of the subject. Her teaching is clear and has examples on how it can be used in everyday life. Ms. Romeo-Schaffer believes there have been studies done that show a relationship between reading and success in mathematics, including word problems. Ms. Romeo-Schaffer

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Miriam Iben


Motivated by the knowledge that not all children have equal academic opportunities, Miriam Genevieve Fett Iben dedicated her career to education. She wanted to help young students and their parents connect with resources that could help them further their success in school and in life. Dr. Iben also understood that children had to be stimulated to want to learn for her teachings to be effective; just pressuring them to do well wasn’t going to yield results. With those ideals in mind, Dr. Iben set out into the field. She started as a teacher in public schools in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and Champaign, Illinois, after which she became a secretary and adjunct professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, a research associate

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When Barbara J. Janson first saw the impact educational policy could have on a country and its workforce, she knew she had to get involved. She initially started her career as a mathematics teacher at public high schools in Avon, Farmington, and Bloomfield, Connecticut, and then at Ulster Academy and Ulster County Community College in New York. In 1974, however, she decided to move more behind the scenes and joined the Houghton Mifflin Company (now Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) as a mathematics editor. She really enjoyed the work, and advanced rapidly through the field. She became the assistant editorial director of the American Mathematical Society in 1978, and by 1982, she was the director of publishing. The role included maintaining a

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Renowned for her work in environmental science, economics, and mathematics, Graciela Chichilnisky is proud of the impact of her contributions to the fields. Some of her most notable achievements include proposing and designing the carbon credit emissions trading market underlying the Kyoto Protocol, and being a lead author on the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that won the 2007 Nobel Prize. She also co-founded Global Thermostat, LLC, in 2010, is the company’s CEO and managing director, and is an active scientist who serves as a special adviser to several U.N. organizations and heads of state. Her pioneering work uses innovative market mechanisms to reduce carbon emissions, conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services. She previously founded and headed two successful technology

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Skilled in mathematics, Patricia Creel Baltzley is celebrating more than four decades of excellence in the field. She has been an adjunct professor at Montana State University and board chair for Gardiner Public Schools since 2013, and an independent consultant in mathematics education since 2012. Prior to her current positions, Ms. Baltzley was the director of Pre-K-12 mathematics, a grades 6-12 mathematics supervisor, and a K-12 mathematics specialist for Baltimore County Public Schools, and a mathematics program developer for the Center for Social Organization of Schools at John Hopkins University. Additionally, she garnered experience as a mathematics teacher for the board of education at Carroll County Public Schools and Notre Dame Preparatory School and an accountant trainee for MBNA Limited,

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Growing up, Elizabeth Petty had a variety of mentors who shaped her career and who she is today. Her mother, an elementary school teacher, first sparked her interested in education, and her father, a computer programmer, introduced her to the joys of math. Her high school math teacher, Beverly Smith, then showed her how her passions could be used, as did her college math education professor, Dr. Sharon Crumpton. Under their tutelage, Dr. Petty blossomed, earning a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Belmont College in 1991, a Master of Education from Belmont University in 1995, and a PhD (ABD) in mathematics education from Vanderbilt University in 1998. She also became a licensed professional teacher in the state of Tennessee

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Nkechi M. Agwu

Math is embedded in the DNA of Dr. Nkechi M. Agwu. Her father was an economist and her mother was a mathematics teacher, and while she felt no pressure to follow in their footsteps, she ultimately found that she shared their passion. After decades of professional excellence, Dr. Agwu is renowned as an expert in ethno-mathematics, the history of mathematics, math and statistics education and curriculum, assessment development, gender studies and multicultural education. ​ Over the course of her nearly 30-year career, Dr. Agwu has taught in both Nigeria and the United States, with 20 of those years at the Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City of New York. She continues to work at the school as a

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