Congratulations to Garfield Middle School math teacher Barb Lynch on receiving a travel grant from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) to attend The International Congress on Mathematical Education 14 (ICME-14) in Shanghai, China next summer!
ICME is held every four years and offers an opportunity for educators from the United States to discuss issues related to mathematics education with international leaders from developed and developing countries. Grant recipients have the opportunity to interact with mathematics educators from across countries, listen to world-renowned scholars in mathematics and mathematics education, and take part in a focused study group dealing with a wide range of topics. Lynch will be participating in the focus group “On activities for and Research on Students with Special Needs including Giftedness and Creativity.”
Lynch was beyond excited to receive the grant, “I am very grateful to NCTM for having faith in me and giving me this opportunity. I am most interested in meeting teachers from other countries and learning how mathematical concepts are applied and taught in classrooms across the world. Math is a universal language and discovering the unique perspectives and philosophies of how that language is practiced in different cultures will afford me the opportunity to grow as an educator and a citizen of the world.”
Garfield Principal Robin Beavers is overflowing with praise for Barb and her work as a teacher. “Barb is an incredible teacher! This honor simply reflects what we all witness on a daily basis,” Beavers said. “She connects with her students and shows them how to connect with math content. Barb goes above and beyond to ensure a positive learning environment in and out of the classroom. I could not be more proud to have her on the Garfield Team.”