Lee Anne Coester, director of the Math Leadership Institute, is the recent recipient of the Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics Ray Kurtz Service Award.
“I was completely taken by surprise,” Coester said. “I was very honored and pleased to be included in the group of other recipients.”
Each session will cost participants $125, which includes lunch and materials. Coester has been a K-8 Title I math teacher, an elementary classroom teacher, a middle school math teacher, a college methods instructor and a consultant for practicing teachers.
“When a truly remarkable and extraordinarily deserving person captures our attention, we welcome the opportunity to add to our list of Ray Kurtz awardees,” said Todd Flory, KATM president.
“Where she really excels and supports our math community is through her willingness to share her expertise with all math teachers... We do not give this award every year.”
As a part of her work with service and math teachers, she will be offering five workshops for elementary education teachers, focusing on math standards. The five workshops are tailored toward teachers in the area who are looking to better understand and teach the 2017 Kansas math standards.
While these workshops are directed toward teachers, Coester said she encourages students studying elementary education to attend as well. Terri Kaiser, director of publications and publicity at the Jones Institute for Education Excellence, said she was glad to see Coester being recognized.
“The building is a little far from campus, but we’re happy to be drumming up business for Lee Anne,” Kaiser said. Coester will be hosting these workshops to help elementary education teachers stay up to date on curriculum.
“Having been a classroom teacher, I know how hard it is to keep up,” Coester said. “I’m trying to find a way to help teachers bridge a gap between the old standards and the new standards.”