Raytheon Company is ringing in the new 2012-2013 school year by honoring 32 teachers nationwide with MathMovesU® Math Heroes Awards.
The honor recognizes outstanding work with students in math using interactive and creative learning initiatives. Each Math Hero receives a $2,500 award and a matching grant for his or her school.
Winners were selected based on compelling submissions from nominators on the effective and creative ways teachers work with students in math, drawing on new and advanced approaches.
Two teachers in McKinney, a teacher in Fairview and a teacher in Plano were among the honorees nationwide.
"Math Heroes embrace the hard work and enthusiasm needed to enrich math classrooms each and every day," Pamela Erickson, Raytheon's vice president of Community Relations, said in a news release. "We are thrilled to recognize the exemplary dedication of these teachers in helping students understand how math shapes their world and how it creates limitless possibilities for their future."
2012 Math Hero Award recipients are:
- L. Marizza Bailey, BASIS Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Ariz.
- Gina Ball, Adams Middle School, Redondo Beach, Calif.
- Dana Bates, Harpeth High School, Kingston Springs, Tenn.
- Erin Berry, La Costa Canyon High School, Carlsbad, Calif.
- Natalie Briggs, Bay Point Middle School, St. Petersburg, Fla.
- Cynthia Burke, Sherrard Middle School, Wheeling, W.Va.
- Charles Collingwood, Catalina Magnet High School, Tucson, Ariz.
- Robert Cowles, Roseboro-Salemburg Middle School, Roseboro, N.C.
- Laura Cummings, Center for Inquiry at School 84, Indianapolis, Ind.
- Maria Genota, Monroe Magnet Middle School, Inglewood, Calif.
- Tracy Glazier, Herndon Middle School, Herndon, Va.
- Susan Goers, Good Foundations Academy, Riverdale, Utah
- Marc Haskell, Saint Philomena School, Portsmouth, R.I.
- Trista Hennebry, Ruth Dowell Middle School, McKinney, Texas
- Theresa Horvath, McKinney High School, McKinney, Texas
- Craig Klement, Sulphur High School, Sulphur, La.
- Brad Latimer, Science Leadership Academy, Philadelphia, Pa.
- Rebecca Lee, Timber Creek High School, Orlando, Fla.
- Madhavi Marathe, Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School, Marlborough, Mass.
- Elitia Mattox, FORWARD School of Creative Writing, Bronx, N.Y.
- Jerry McCorkle, West Memphis Christian School, West Memphis, Ark.
- Kenneth Nwocha, Dulaney High School, Timonium, Md.
- Thomas O'Brien, Williamsburg Collegiate Charter, Brooklyn, N.Y.
- Christine Payson, North Cumberland Middle School, Cumberland, R.I.
- Zoe Perryman, Sloan Creek Middle School, Fairview, Texas
- Jeanne Rector, Phelps County R-3, Edgar Springs, Mo.
- Adam Scafede, Tortolita Middle School, Tucson, Ariz.
- Alesia Slocumb-Bradford, Jefferson Middle School, District of Columbia
- Kristina Vantassel, Grant School, Marshfield, Wis.
- Jennifer Walker, Rice Middle School, Plano, Texas
- Mary Walz, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, Wis.
- Jason Williams, John Hopkins Middle School, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Raytheon's MathMovesU® program is an initiative committed to increasing middle and elementary school students' interest in math and science education by engaging them in hands-on, interactive activities.
The innovative programs of MathMovesU include the traveling interactive experience MathAlive!™, Raytheon's Sum of all Thrills™ experience at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot®, which showcases math in action as students design and experience their own thrill ride using math fundamentals; the "In the Numbers" game, a partnership with the New England Patriots on display at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon; the company's ongoing sponsorship of the MATHCOUNTS® National Competition; and the MathMovesU scholarship and grant program. Follow MathMovesU and other Raytheon community outreach programs on Facebook and on Twitter at @MathMovesU.
Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. Its campus in McKinney is located on U.S. 380.