WMC Distinguished Mathematics Educator Award
2018 Recipient: Mary Richards
The Wisconsin Mathematics Council’s Distinguished Mathematics Educator (DME) Award is the most prestigious award that the Council bestows. The award recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions and exceptional leadership and service to the Wisconsin mathematics education community.
Qualities of DME awardees include evidence of:
Congratulations to Mary Richards on being named WMC’s 2018 Distinguished Mathematics Educator (DME). The DME award is the most prestigious award that the Wisconsin Mathematics Council bestows. It recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions and exceptional leadership and service to the Wisconsin mathematics education community.
Not only has Mary been active on her school district committees but is someone we could count on at the state level while working on initiatives such as the revision of state standards, the assessment task force, math frameworks, developing, reviewing and range-finding for statewide assessments, Dynamic Learning Maps, and the WI Guiding Principles for Teaching and Learning Mathematics. Among her outstanding recognitions, she has been the recipient of the Herb Kohl Outstanding Educator Award, the Hillshire Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
When Mary was asked for her resume, it included a comment that she has a passion for learning and teaching mathematics and believes that all students should have the opportunity and support necessary to learn significant mathematics with depth and understanding. Judy Singletary, Stoughton curriculum director, noted: “She is so wise, endearing and confident in her math passion that every educator who has had the privilege of working with her, trusts and is reinvigorated in a commitment to serve math students. I can always count on her for advice on interpreting data and guiding our leaders who then guide our educators. In 38 years in education I’ve never met anyone else as proficient in her field AND as successful with adult learners.”.
And from Dr. Billie Sparks, WASDI project director, “From being my student my first-year teaching at UW-Eau Claire to my later WASDI projects and district consulting, she was always there. She was in education for the right reasons, always trying to make a difference in mathematics education and to make a difference in kids’ lives. She’s a true professional of whom I was always proud to have been able to work with through many years. I am proud that she is receiving this ultimate honor.”
Congratulations, Mary Richards, on being named the 2018 WI Mathematics Council’s Distinguished Mathematics Educator.
| Past DME Awardees|
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John Janty (1994), Sue Hanson-Otis (2011), Phil Makurat (1995), Jane Howell (1990), Jane Fazio (2010), Hank Kepner (1987), DeAnn Huinker (2008), Beth Schefelker (2014), Mary Richards (2018), Diane Kasbaum (2006), Gail Burrill (1996), John Burrill (1987), and Billie Sparks (1994)
Past Distinguished Math Educators