The Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (VCTM) named Eric Imbrescia its William C. Lowry Mathematics Educator of the Year Award recipient for 2013. In his 10th year of teaching, Eric is a third grade teacher at Peak View Elementary School.
He nears completion of his degree as a K-8 Math Specialist through a JMU masters program that focuses on content standards (numbers and operations, algebra, rational numbers, probability and statistics, and geometry) and best practices in math instruction in these areas. Along with his classroom effectiveness, it was his work in the Math Specialist program that drew the attention of VCTM.
“The program has helped me better understand the best methods to use to help students learn, and come up with fun, outside the box ways to approach teaching,” he reflects.
Through a recently completed research project, he shared new ideas and information with other Peak View teachers about focusing on teaching math through a problem solving-based approach where, according to Imbrescia, there is no specifically prescribed algorithm, and students construct their own understanding through the use of open ended tasks.
He earns praise from many, including Dr. LouAnn Lovin, head of the JMU Math Specialist program in which he is enrolled and who nominated him for the state award, and Mrs. Jenny Gibson, RCPS Math Coordinator, who lauds his special ability to connect with his students.
“Eric is certainly deserving of the 2013 VCTM Teacher of the Year Award. His math instruction is a model for others to follow. He asks his students rigorous questions and plans content-rich activities which allow students to explore, reason, explain, collaborate, and make connections among mathematical topics. He incorporates everything one would hope to see in a math classroom, and it shows in his students’ enthusiasm, engagement, and success with math. We are proud and blessed to have him and others like him in RCPS,” commends Mrs. Gibson.
VCTM presented the award to him formally at its state conference. Congratulations, Eric!