My Teacher Won An Award
Tricia Colclaser found out last night that she won a Math Hero award from Raytheon.
"A true Math Hero demonstrates an enthusiastic and creative approach to math, often utilizing new and innovative ideas in working with their students," according to the company's MathMovesU grant program.
Raytheon gives out about $1 milion a year in educational grants to teachers who are turning around math's image and inspiring students to pursue math and "cool careers," the web site says. The goal is to get more US citizens to finish college with engineering degrees.
Colclaser was nominated by a former colleague in Colorado. The award brings a $2,500 grant for her and a matching grant of the same value for Fairfax High. She proposed spending the money on document cameras, which can project the image of handwritten documents (like someone's worksheet or homework assignment) onto a screen, without the help of a scanner.
Congrats, Ms. Colclaser!
By
Michael Alison Chandler

November 25, 2008; 2:24 PM ET
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I think that's pretty great. Congratulations to her.
There is something about the unironic use of the term 'math hero' that has me smiling.