VAN WERT — Each year, the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics

recognizes outstanding teachers, professors, emerging leaders and

friends of mathematics. Teachers can be nominated by a colleague,

administrator, student or parent. Once nominated, teachers submit an

application. Then, an outstanding elementary, middle and high school

teacher is selected from each of the eight districts based on their

philosophy on how students learn mathematics, their participation in

professional development and organizations, as well as their leadership

roles. After receiving a district award, teachers are eligible to apply

for a state teaching award.

Vantage Career Center has announced

that math teacher Kelly Horstman has received the 2019 Ohio Council

Teachers of Mathematics (OCTM) Northwest District Outstanding Teacher

Award.

Vantage Director Mike Knott said, “Kelly was nominated

because she consistently uses best practices in her classroom for both

pedagogy and classroom management. She is a leader in our academic

department. She models the use of relevant technology and always tries

to relate her math curriculum to career applications. She has been a

leader in the use of the Desmos online graphing calculators and the

associated Activity Builder. This has been important to our students, as

Desmos is the built-in calculator used by the State End of Course

Tests. Her expertise has led her to present at both local and state wide

conferences to share these best practices with other educators.”

This

year more than 120 classroom teachers were nominated for the Ohio

Council of Teachers of Mathematics Teacher Awards. Twenty-one teachers

were chosen for the district awards and six were selected for the state

awards. The award winners will be honored at the annual OCTM Conference

in Sandusky, Ohio, during the banquet on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019.