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Summer 2019

While summer affords a well-deserved break for teachers, many GCTM members continue to be engaged in activities to support students and teachers through various activities. Officers and members are involved in GCTM Summer Academies, serving on a state Department of Education Launch Years Initiative Team, preparing the 2020 budget, planning the 2019 Georgia Mathematics Conference (GMC) and working on securing keynote and featured speakers as well finalizing the theme for the 2020 GMC. Read more about these initiatives in this issue.

Yes, there is a break from the routine of rising before the sun every weekday to arrive at school early to be prepared to provide meaningful learning experiences for students. However, I’ve met literally hundreds of teachers this summer who have chosen to rise early to arrive at a professional learning site by 8 or 8:30 to engage in professional learning to better meet the needs of students. Kristi Caissie, GCTM Summer Academies Coordinator, and a team of facilitators have planned and prepared all year to provide Summer Academies in four sites around the state so that teachers from Georgia (and a few from neighboring South Carolina) could participate in two full days of professional learning. In addition to the facilitators for the professional learning, several GCTM members have served as volunteers for the academies. Read more about the summer academies in Kristi’s article.

Congratulations to the newly elected officers for GCTM to begin their terms on November 1, 2019.

President Elect: Kim Conley

Vice President for Advocacy: Shelly Allen

Vice President for Regional Services: Jennifer Donalson

Secretary: William Lacefield

GCTM is fortunate to have these qualified individuals step into these positions. Appreciation is extended to the outgoing officers for their leadership in GCTM: Past-President: Bonnie Angel; Vice President for Advocacy: Brian Lack; Vice President for Regional Services: Krisi Caissie; and Secretary: Kim Conley. Vice President for Competitions, Chuck Garner, is leaving the Executive Board Member at the end of October after serving in the position for ten years. Not only has he served so capably in that position, he has been chosen as STAR teacher for thirteen years. Congratulations, Chuck!

The 60th annual GMC promises to be a great opportunity for teachers to participate in professional development. This year’s theme Acquiring the Keys to Access and Equity is the first of two years focused on Access and Equity. Several keynote and session leaders for the Georgia Mathematics Conference (GMC) were presenters at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference in San Diego. You’ll want to hear them present, so be sure to register for GMC when registration opens on August 1. Read more about the conference later in this issue and hear more about next year’s conference at the 2019 GMC.

We want to know more about you and your accomplishments and interests. Please let Susan Craig, Membership Director at scraig@gctm.org, know of awards you or your GCTM member colleagues have received. And please let Jeff McCammon, Member Liaison at jeff.mccammon@gctm.org, know if you are interested in serving as a volunteer in any capacity or if you are interested in seeking a position in GCTM.


Denise Huddlestun

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