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State math conference awards shine light on LCPS

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Two awards presented during the recent annual conference of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics focused attention on math instruction in Lenoir County Public Schools.

Nicolette Morgan, who teaches in the STEM Math Lab at Contentnea-Savannah K-8 School, was recognized as the district's Outstanding Secondary School Mathematics Teacher and Carol Midgett, a long-time consultant on math instruction and resource for LCPS math teachers, was presented with the W.W. Rankin Memorial Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education, the highest honor bestowed by the Council.

A mathematics educator for more than 45 years, Midgett has helped structure and lead professional development programs for LCPS’s K-8 math teachers, was a key participant in writing the district’s math curriculum guides and developed with math educators from East Carolina University the Lenoir STEM Math Symposium, a three-year summer program for elementary and middle school math teachers.carol midgett

In the words of the Rankin Award Committee, “Our award recipient is committed to both in-service and pre-service teachers and is someone who represents the best that mathematics education has to offer in North Carolina.”

Midgett is a National Board Certified Teacher who has successfully taught elementary, middle grades, university and post-university students. She was a North Carolina Presidential Awardee in Elementary Mathematics.

She has served as a leadership coordinator for North Carolina Partnership for Improving Mathematics and Science, a mathematics facilitator for the Partnership for Improving Mathematical Understanding of Students and Teachers and a leader in the implementation of the TAP MATH Project, which develops school-based visions of quality mathematics instruction and creates K-8 Mathematics Instructional Leadership Teams in school districts across the state.

At the national level, Midgett served on the NCTM Standards 2000 Pre-K Writing Team, the NCTM Assessment Addenda Writing Team, and the NCTM Illuminations Writing Team; the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards’ Early Childhood Generalist Standards Revision Committee, and was a facilitator for EDC’s Lenses on Learning, a K-8 staff development program designed to help school leaders learn about standards-based mathematics education, how to support it and how it impacts key aspects of their work.

Morgan teaches sixth, seventh and eighth graders at CSS, where she’s worked all six years the school’s been open. She joined LCPS as a math teacher at Savannah Middle School, a predecessor to the K-8 school, a year earlier.

A teacher for 23 years, Morgan is a member of the district’s Math Leadership Team, helped develop the district’s curriculum guides for math teachers and worked as a master teacher alongside Teach for America corps members who were training this summer in the classrooms of LCPS’s Summer Exploratory Camp.

Her award was announced by the district in September and presented during the state conference, held Oct. 27-28 in Greensboro.