Westminster College Math Students Attend NCTM Regional Conference and Exposition

Monday, November 18, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Five Westminster College mathematics majors and two professors attended the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Regional Conference and Exposition in October in Maryland.

The students include:

Stephanie Burkus, a junior, is a daughter of Michael and Teresa Burkus and a graduate of Connellsville Area High School.

Torey DeAngelis, a junior, is a daughter of Lyn DeAngelis of Lyndora and a graduate of Butler Area High School.

Michael Girata, a junior, is a son of John and Bernadette Girata of Monaca and a graduate of Central Valley High School.

Amber Hill, a senior, is a daughter of Mary Hill and a graduate of East Palestine High School.

Shawna Howard, a junior, is a daughter of Robert and Cynthia Howard of Bristolville, Ohio, and a graduate of Bristol High School.

The students were exposed to a wide range of information about the profession and attended sessions on teaching particular topics in subjects from algebra, geometry, pre-calculus, and calculus, to using technology and manipulatives in the classroom.  Other sessions focused on the new Common Core standards for mathematics education being adopted nationwide.  They also attended a session specially designed for people entering the profession and met with pre?service teachers from other schools throughout the East Coast.

Dr. David Offner, assistant professor of mathematics, and Dr. Sararose Lynch, assistant professor of education, also attended the conference.

Lynch presented "Teach Students How to THINK Mathematically" which described a problem solving framework called I-THINK that promotes mathematical communication in elementary, middle, and high school mathematics classrooms during problem-solving activities. Dr. Sararose Lynch co-presented this session with Dr. Jeremy Lynch from Slippery Rock University.

Contact Offner at 724-946-7293 or email for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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Students and professor attend NCTM Regional Conference and Exposition. (L-R) Michael Girata, Shawna Howard, Stephanie Burkus, Torey DeAngelis, Amber Hill, and Dr. David Offner.


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Dr. Sararose Lynch, assistant professor of education