Listee Features — Mathematics

Darlyn Counihan


Darlyn J. Counihan is a mathematics teacher and coach celebrating more than 25 years of dedication to supporting her students with innovative instructional methods and curriculum. Raised in poverty by parents who worked odd jobs to make ends meet, Ms. Counihan discovered her gift for mathematics at a young age and had decided to become an educator by the time she had entered second grade. Inspired by the strength that she saw in her parents and grandparents and her desire to escape the cycle of poverty, she attended Hood College after graduating high school, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1970 and a Master of Arts in 1982, and pursued additional postgraduate coursework at the University of Maryland in College

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Mary Alice Brookins is a retired professor of mathematics who has dedicated her career to ensuring that her students receive thorough and meaningful mathematics and technology instruction. One of seven children in a family that prized education, Ms. Brookins’ greatest inspiration was her parents’ early insistence that schooling and study were the keys to long-term success in life. At a young age, she discovered not just an aptitude for mathematics, but a passion for the subject that would set the tone for the rest of her career. She graduated from Jackson State University in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and began teaching math at the middle school level for a local district while completing graduate-level coursework at Atlanta

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Janet Myhre


Dr. Janet M. Myhre is an award-winning statistician and professor emerita of mathematics at Claremont McKenna College, where she dedicated more than four decades to teaching and research. She is perhaps best-known for her work in data analysis and risk assessment, including contracts with the United States Navy and the Environmental Protection Agency, and her outspoken advocacy for teaching statistics and decision science through real-world applications. Dr. Myhre earned a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Pacific Lutheran University in 1954, graduating summa cum laude, and a Master of Arts in mathematics from the University of Washington in 1956. She accepted a faculty position at Claremont McKenna College in 1962, and pursued her doctoral studies abroad at the University of

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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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