The Ohio Council for Teachers of Mathematics (OCTM) have awarded Minford High School teacher Angie Turner and Sciotoville (East) Community School teacher, James Mahlmeister, with OCTM Outstanding Teacher Awards for the South District.
Turner was awarded the South District’s Secondary Outstanding Teacher Award and Mahlmeister won the South District’s Outstanding Middle School Teacher Award.
The Ohio Council for Teachers of Mathematics has been in existence since 1952 and currently has over 3,500 members across the state.
After nomination by their principal or superintendent, the candidates complete an online application through the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics. In addition to details about their teaching experience, candidates are asked to elaborate on their teaching philosophy, professional organization membership, professional development participation, and leadership positions. OCTM district directors then choose awardees based on the strength of their answers within these four categories.
“It was a group decision among the other three math teachers and myself to nominate Mrs. Turner,” explained Assistant Principal Tate Skinner. “She gets results with her students and they enjoy learning from her. The preparation she puts into teaching her classes has a lot to do with how well her students do. Mrs. Turner’s award reinforces our belief that we have a great staff at Minford High School, we’re very fortunate.”
Turner has been teaching at Minford for the past 14 years. Prior to her career as a Falcon, she taught for 15 years at Portsmouth High School. She currently teaches Advanced Placement Calculus, Pre-Calculus and Transition to College Math.
“Angie is a veteran teacher who uses every resource possible to make each of her students successful,” said Jodi Dunham. Dunham is the OCTM Director for the South District. “Her teaching philosophy detailed her use of varied instructional strategies, teacher/student tutoring and peer tutoring, cooperative learning and the innovative use of technology in her classroom.”
Turner has also served as a mentor for teachers in the Resident Educator program and serves as the Upward Bound Coordinator for her school. She has also helped coordinate several activities within the school to emphasize the important of mathematics education including a Pi Day competition/celebration, student participation in the American Mathematics Competition, and a new Math Club for the upcoming school year.
“I was very surprised when I found out that I won,” explained Turner. “I am grateful to Tate for nominating me, and I just want to thank all my students. I’ve taught over 3,000 young people and I thank God for each and every one of them.”
With 10 years of experience under his belt, Mahlmeister serves many roles in the East school district including Assistant Principal and baseball coach.
“His teaching philosophy focuses on real-world applications for students. He emphasizes that multi-sensory, hands-on activities are the most effective method of keeping his students actively engaged in the mathematical topics,” said Dunham. “He also designs his classroom instruction to make connections between learning activities and possible jobs and careers that students may pursue in the future.”
Mahlmeister has been within the East school district for the past eight years, prior to that, he taught at Green for two years.
“James has been a wonderful educator within our school system,” said Principal Michael Yeagle. “He truly makes math relatable for the kids. It’s amazing. Some people can teach, and they’re good teachers, but the students aren’t able to relate to the material. He does a really great job at bringing it to their level and making sure that they understand.”
He is also member of the Building and District Leadership Teams, a member of the PBIS School Leadership Team, head of the schools Mathematics Department, and the High Schools That Work/Making Middle Grades Work Leadership Team.
“One thing that you hear about in sports all the time is that, even though there are awards that are given to individuals, you always feel that it’s more of reward based off team effort” said Mahlmeister. “I certainly feel that way when it comes to this award. One thing that I can say about East, is that it’s kind of like a big family. That goes from the school board, down to our Superintendent, to Principal Yeagle, and down to the staff. Everyone is always very helpful, everyone is very cooperative, and any type of award that I receive just goes to show how strong the whole staff is, rather than just me as an individual.”
Both Turner and Mahlmeister will be honored at the 66th annual OCTM conference, which will take place at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, Oct. 27 and 28 in Sandusky, Ohio.
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