Two Bethany College Professors Named to West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics

BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College Professor Emerita and former Professor of Mathematics Mary Ellen Komorowski and Assistant Professor of Mathematics Adam Fletcher have been elected to the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (WVCTM) during the annual conference, which was held March 15-16 at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, W.Va.  

Affiliate elections were held, with Komorowski retaining her at-large council seat and Fletcher gaining the secretary seat.

Komorowski served as Bethany College faculty from 1982 to 2011 when she was named professor emerita. She holds an Ed.D. in mathematics curriculum and instruction, an M.A. in mathematics and a B.A. in mathematics and Russian from West Virginia University.

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 in 2010. 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, among other accomplishments.

Fletcher, who has served as Bethany College’s assistant professor of mathematics since 2006, received his Bachelor of Science degree from Bethany College and then attended John Carroll University for his Master of Science degree.

Since joining Bethany, Fletcher has served as the acting chair of math and computer science in 2009, assisted Komorowski in obtaining the Teagle grant, participated in numerous science days held at the college and has presented numerous times at the WVCTM conferences held in Flatwoods, W.Va.

They will both serve their positions for a term of two years and will hold seats on the executive committee of the council.  

During the conference, juniors Mindy Bierhals and Katie Woeckener co-presented sessions on “Personalities in Mathematics” and “Why Mathematics Education is Lacking in the United States,” while Fletcher presented on “Quantitative Literacy through Literature.”

Bierhals and Woeckener were also judges for the annual poster contest, organized by Komorowski. Fletcher reported on the WVCTM High School Symposium during the annual business meeting.  

Other Bethanians in attendance included Coral Lozier, adjunct instructor in mathematics; alumnus Brian Cerullo ’06, mathematics teacher at Brooke High School; and alumna Jennifer Anderson ’11, who teaches mathematics at Hampshire High School.

WVCTM is the state affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and boasts total enrollment of over 450 mathematics teachers from across the state. Membership includes teachers in all grade levels, retirees, pre-service educators and administrators.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.