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Dec. 15, 2015
Dr. Jennifer Wall, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics at Northwest Missouri State University, received the Outstanding Educator Award for the post-secondary level from the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) Dec. 5 at the organization’s annual conference in Columbia, Missouri.
The award recognizes teaching experience, memberships and participation in professional organizations, and professional presentations and publications as well as the ways math educators meet challenges.
“Dr. Jenni Wall is a woman of great character and humility who adds value to her students, her school and her profession,” said Dr. Ann McCoy, president of MCTM and associate professor of mathematics education at the University of Central Missouri, who presented the award.
Wall is the author of numerous publications and presents workshops sponsored by MCTM and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics regularly. She has designed and created iPad applications to help children learn mathematics. She also organizes family math nights for local elementary children and their families; pre-service teachers at Northwest lead the math nights, which help them gain additional experience with children.
One colleague wrote on Wall’s behalf, “In the classroom, Jenni is creative, rigorous, and passionate about learning mathematics. … She models the mathematical practices she teaches and encourages teaching in contexts that make sense and are interesting to students.”
McCoy also credited Wall, during her term as president of the Missouri Mathematics Association for the Advancement of Teaching Training, with reenergizing the group and leading collaborative efforts with other groups to improve mathematics education in Missouri. Under Wall’s leadership, the association began sponsoring a pre-service strand at the MCTM fall conference, resulting in increased attendance by pre-service teachers.
Before joining the Northwest faculty in 2005, Wall taught in the Maryville R-II School District. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwest.
“My greatest challenge is balancing my professional life between teaching, professional development, scholarship, service and student support,” Wall said. “With all of the involvement in different committees and research projects, it is easy to forget why we signed up for this gig – to teach. So, when a student comes to my office for extra help, I am elated. It means I get to stop my other work briefly and work one-on-one with a student. Those are the times that I get to experience the most joy in teaching. When their light bulbs turn on in my office, it seems as if they shine a lot brighter.”
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