Dr. Maria Timmerman, assistant professor of mathematics education at Longwood University, has been selected as the best university mathematics educator by the Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (VCTM).

Timmerman on March 14 will receive the 2014 William C. Lowry Outstanding Mathematics Educator of the Year Award for the university level.

Timmerman is program coordinator for Longwood’s elementary and middle school mathematics master’s degree program, and she advises undergraduate liberal studies majors who plan to teach in grades prekindergarten-8. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate students.

"She is a shining star whose enthusiasm is contagious," said Dr. Virginia Lewis, assistant professor of mathematics education at Longwood. "She is knowledgeable, energetic and  cares about her students—who she encourages to think in ways they haven’t thought before—and faculty colleagues. She is always helping somebody."

Timmerman has presented at state, regional and national conferences, co-authored professional development grants and published articles in professional journals. A recent article, "Making connections: Elementary teachers’ construction of division word problems and representations," has been accepted for publication in School Science and Mathematics. At the VCTM conference in March, she will do a presentation, "Using Multiple Division Representations: When do I Keep a Remainder?" based on that article.

"My department is at the cutting edge of mathematics education," said Timmerman.

Timmerman joined the Longwood faculty in 2008 after teaching at the University of Virginia, University of Northern Colorado, Aims Community College in Colorado and high schools in that state and her native Illinois.

She also served as the worldwide K-12 mathematics coordinator for the Department of Defense Education Activity, a civilian agency of the U.S. Department of Defense for military dependents in the United States and overseas.

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