Irma Cruz-White

Irma Cruz-White


It is a great honor to serve as the NCSM Awards Chair. This appointment provides me with an opportunity to support the networking of leaders in mathematics education. As the Awards Chair, I will have the privilege of working with a committee to recognize outstanding leaders and contributors to mathematics education. NCSM recognizes exceptional leaders and contributors in the field of mathematics with the Ross Taylor/Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award and the Kay Gilliland Equity Lecture Award. These awards recognize those who have made substantial contributions to the mathematics education leadership field. I will also have the pleasure of working with a committee to award Iris Carl Travel Grants for new members to attend the NCSM Annual Conference and experience the wonderful benefits this organization offers.

I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and I am a product of the public-school system. My best class was always math. Even though I enjoyed teaching, I wanted to further explore the field of mathematics. To that end, I obtained a bachelors' degree in mathematics and computer science, and went to graduate school to pursue a doctorate in Mathematics. When I graduated in 2003, I was very fortunate to get a teaching position at Chipola College in Marianna, Florida. Chipola College is the only institution in the surrounding five rural counties that offers baccalaureate degrees in secondary and middle grades mathematics. Since 2003, I have developed and have been teaching content mathematics courses for our mathematics education students. While working with the School of Education faculty and our teacher candidates, my love and commitment to mathematics education continually grows. With the purpose of improving the preparation of our teacher candidates, I became involved with the process of program accreditation. I have served as program reviewer, lead reviewer, and auditor for NCTM NCATE and NCTM CAEP program reviews. Currently, I am the NCTM CAEP SPA Coordinator. As I am involved with the preparation of mathematics teachers, I am always looking for venues to help me grow professionally in the mathematics education area. NCSM offers many resources and a support system that allows me to improve and stay up to date with the profession. NCSM has provide me with a venue to work with mathematics leaders with a common goal of improving student achievement with a commitment to equity.

Events Calendar for Awards Chair

April - Conclusion of Annual Meeting

All award nominations are open

October 1
Kay Gilliland Equity Lecture nominations close

November 1
Ross Taylor/Glenn Gilbert Award nominations close

December 1
Iris Carl Conference Travel Grant applications close

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