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Karen Dee Michalowicz First Timers Grant

The First Timers Grant Program is named for Karen Dee Michalowicz who actively promoted and supported conference development and attendance. 

The purpose of this grant is to provide funding support for:
  • VCTM members who have NOT previously attended but wish to attend a regional or annual NCTM meeting or 
  • Any Virginia teacher (including non-members) who wish to attend a VCTM Annual Conference or VCTM Academy for the first time. 
Three grants are available. One award is given for the regional or annual NCTM conference of $1,000 and two awards of $400 each for the state conference or academy. 

The funding for this grant is to be used toward registration, hotel room, and transportation expenses. 

The state conference awards include an additional one-year membership in VCTM.

The application requires that applicants attach a short explanation of why the applicant wishes to attend the conference and how it will benefit the applicant’s classroom instruction.

If awarded, the applicant will be expected to share their knowledge with the VCTM membership by writing an article for the Virginia Mathematics Teacher and/or presenting at the VCTM annual conference the following year.

Application information

Applicants are advised that the application must include a short explanation of why the applicant wishes to attend the conference and how it will benefit the applicant's classroom instruction.

Application Form

The application period for the 2023 - 2024 school year is now open.

Apply by December 15, 2023 to be considered.

Click or tap to access the application.

2022 - 2023 First Timers Grant Awardee

NCTM Awardee:
Katie Johnson, Poquoson City Public Schools

VCTM Awardee:
Joseph Fuoco, Broadway High School

VCTM Awardee:
Iesha Samuels, Highland Springs Elementary School

Past Awardees

2021 - 2022: Jennifer Evans, Petersburg City Public Schools

Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics
PO Box 73593
Richmond, VA 23235 

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