Delavan-Darien High School math teacher Sarah Panucci has been selected as an Outstanding Mathematics Educator by the Wisconsin Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).
She was nominated by DDHS Principal Mark Schmitt.
“Sarah Panucci is a valued teacher-leader at Delavan-Darien High School,” Schmitt wrote in his nomination letter. “Her work ethic, commitment to students, and investment in the professional growth of others are three attributes that speak highly of her character and impact on students.”
Currently, Panucci is the Math Department chair at DDHS. She is also the lead Forensics Team coach, mentors new teachers at the school, has worked to update the school’s math curriculum, and has written questions that have been used on the ACCESS test for English Language Learner students. This school year, Panucci has taught Advanced Placement Calculus, Calculus, Trigonometry, Geometry, and Algebraic Functions and Graphs.
Panucci is invited to an awards ceremony at the chapter’s annual meeting banquet during the evening of Friday, April 4, at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Panucci and other Wisconsin mathematics educators who received awards will be recognized for their achievements as mathematics educators.
The evening will end with an address on “Minute Math” by Professor Dan Kalman of American University.
About the MAA
The Mathematical Association of America is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level. Members include university, college, and high school teachers; graduate and undergraduate students; pure and applied mathematicians; computer scientists; statisticians; and many others in academia, government, business, and industry. The group welcomes all who are interested in the mathematical sciences.
The mission of the MAA is “to advance the mathematical sciences, especially at the collegiate level.”
This mission guides the group’s core interests:
- Education: Supporting learning in the mathematical sciences by encouraging effective curriculum, teaching, and assessment at all levels.
- Research: Supporting research, scholarship, and its exposition at all appropriate levels and venues, including research by undergraduates.
- Professional Development: Providing resources and activities that foster scholarship, professional growth, and cooperation among teachers, other professionals, and students.
- Public Policy: Influencing institutional and public policy through advocacy for the importance, uses, and needs of the mathematical sciences.
- Public Appreciation: Promoting the general understanding and appreciation of mathematics, and encouraging students of all ages, particularly those from underrepresented groups, to pursue activities and careers in the mathematical sciences.
MAA pursues these interests through extensive programs, meetings, and publications, well over 100 national committees, and 29 regional sections.
MAA is the leading professional association in collegiate mathematics, the preeminent publisher of expository mathematics, the primary source of professional development programs for faculty, and the number one provider of resources for teaching and learning.