November 6, 2015
RUTH TESZERI, the Board's Instructional Program Leader - Elementary, received the 2015-2016 award for Excellence and Innovation in Mathematics Education from the Ontario Mathematics Coordinators Association (OMCA). This award is voted on by provincial colleagues and recognizes the leadership Teszeri has provided the local system and province.
“The members of OMCA are very knowledgeable in mathematics and do exemplary work in their respective school boards around the province,” Teszeri said. “Being nominated by and then selected from such a skilled and highly regarded group of colleagues is a great honour.”
"Ruth has been instrumental in leading the work of our math coaches. She's implemented a system goal setting form to guide the process of inquiry in classrooms, math system learning, working with Student Services to examine interventions in mathematics, co-leading and supporting Family of Schools and department learning," said Terri Blackwell, the Board's Principal - School Programs.
Teszeri said math is important because it touches all aspects of life.
“Math is an important part of everyday life. When we learn math our brains grow and we develop problem solving skills that we can apply in all areas of our lives. Learning math is about asking questions. Teaching math is a mixture of teaching students to ask questions, to investigate, and to apply their basic skills and facts when they are needed. Developing conceptual understanding of basic skills and facts helps us to become more flexible thinkers in math and everyday life, and is a core component of math class as well."