Louisiana Tech’s Council for Teaching Mathematics earns Student Affiliate charter

May 19, 2011 | Education and Human Sciences

The Council for Teaching Mathematics, housed in Louisiana Tech University’s College of Education, has received a Student Affiliate charter from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).
The official announcement was made by NCTM President J. Michael Shaughnessy during the Council’s 62nd Delegate Assembly in Indianapolis.  Meredith Gore, Louisiana Tech’s NCTM student representative, and Dr. Terrie Poehl, associate professor of middle/secondary mathematics education, were present to accept the charter certificate.

Louisiana Tech's Meredith Gore (left) and Terrie Poehl and NCTM President J. Michael Shaughnessy

Louisiana Tech’s Council for Teaching Mathematics is one of just 21 NCTM Student Affiliates from around the country.  It became an official campus organization during the summer 2010 quarter and was sponsored by an NCTM Partner Affiliate, the Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics.
In addition to receiving the charter certificate, Gore was honored with the Mathematics Education Trust (MET) Prospective Teacher NCTM Conference Attendance Award.  Gore is the first Louisiana Tech student to earn this recognition.
“I am so honored to have received the award for this professional development opportunity and I hope to encourage other students and teachers to apply in the future,” said Gore.  “Receiving our charter was also a very special moment and I was proud to represent Louisiana Tech at the national level.  My experience at the NCTM Annual Meeting was truly unforgettable.”
Gore said she had the opportunity to attend sessions at the event that focused on elementary grades that were created specifically for new teachers.  She also had the privilege of attending a session presented by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who spoke about current issues in education.
According to their website, the NCTM is a global leader and authority in mathematics education, ensuring that all students have access to the highest quality mathematics teaching and learning.  The Council also serves as a public voice of mathematics education, supporting teachers to ensure equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students through vision, leadership, professional development, and research.