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Adams Teacher Earns Regional Recognition as a Math Educator

Posted Date: 03/26/2015

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Kelly Yates, Adams Elementary School teacher, has been selected as this year’s Mathematical Association of America Oklahoma Teacher of the Year at the elementary school level by the Oklahoma/Arkansas section of the Mathematical Association of America (OK-AR MAA).

Mrs. Yates will be recognized at the organization's annual meeting at the University of Tulsa on April 11.

According to Adams’ principal Beverly James, Yates has mentored a number of teachers and taught three different grades during her five years with the school. She also has organized multiple Family Math Nights.

“Mrs. Yates is an education leader in our building and district, and we are proud that her teaching talents are being honored statewide,” James said.

OK-AR MAA annually recognizes three teachers in Oklahoma and three in Arkansas for their outstanding contributions to the mathematics education of their students.

The honorees are selected from a pool of nominees on the basis of written submissions which include a description of a special project or enrichment topic they have developed, their personal philosophy of teaching mathematics, and recommendations from a supervisor, a peer, and a student or parent.

The MAA Teacher of the Year Award is presented to one teacher from each of three levels—secondary, middle school, and elementary—from each of the two states.

Since 1915, the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) has provided a forum for educators, students, professionals, and mathematics enthusiasts to share ideas, keep abreast of developments in the mathematical community, enhance their careers, and make new friends.

Today, the MAA is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level. More than 25,000 individuals and institutions take advantage of its publications, programs, and resources.

Its membership is made up of educators, students, as well as others inside and outside of academia who are devoted to the advancement of the mathematical sciences, especially at the collegiate level.