BETHANY, W.Va. – Dr. Mary Ellen Komorowski, Matthew Quay Ammon Professor of Mathematics and Chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Bethany College, has been presented with the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ (WVCTM) 2011 College Teacher of the Year award.
Senior mathematics education majors Kelli McAbier and Jennifer Anderson, as well as Adam Fletcher, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, attended the group’s annual meeting in Flatwoods, W.Va., with Komorowski March 17-19.
McAbier presented her senior project, titled “Does Teacher Attitude Toward Mathematics Affect Student Attitude?” Anderson presented her recent work, titled “Effects of Mathematics Homework Feedback on Student Achievement.” The group also made a team presentation — “Were Your Students Ready for Collegiate Mathematics.”
WVCTM meetings also provide an opportunity for students of attending teachers to participate in a poster contest that emphasizes the theme of the conference. This year’s theme was “A Mathematical Safari.” Continuing last year’s record, Komorowski and Fletcher’s students earned top awards. Sophomore Olivia Pavlic took first place. Second place was awarded to sophomore Mariah Kemmerer. And sophomore Joseph Greschner earned third place. Students received a ribbon and monetary prize.
Elections to the WVCTM Executive Council were also held. Komorowski will return to the council as Member-At-Large. Her responsibilities will include WVCTM outreach efforts. She is a past president of the organization.
Komorowski holds a bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree from West Virginia University and has done additional graduate work at Marshall University and the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. She served as principal investigator from Bethany for the Appalachian College Association/Teagle Foundation quantitative literacy grant and was co-organizer of the Quantitative Literacy Institute 2010. She has been a member of the Marshall County Board of Education for more than two decades, and she has served as a member of the Leading Mathematics into the 21st Century Team and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) Curriculum Writing Team. She also served as Chair of the WVDE Instructional Materials Committee and as a member of the leadership team on Project MERIT.
Approximately 350 individuals were present at this year’s WVCTM meeting. The conference is attended by kindergarten-college teachers from West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Bethany is a small college of national distinction located on a historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, it is the oldest college in the state.