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William C. Lowry Math Educator of the Year

Each year, VCTM recognizes a classroom teacher on the elementary, middle, secondary, university, and math specialist/coach level for his or her outstanding work in the field of mathematics.

One teacher selected from each of the five categories may be awarded the VCTM William C. Lowry Mathematics Educator of the Year Award.  All awards are announced in the Spring of each year at the annual conference.

The nomination period for the 2022 award will open in the fall of 2021. 

The qualifications for the award are as follows:

  • The nominee must have a minimum of five years teaching experience and be a current classroom teacher, work with students as a math resource teacher or be a math specialist.
  • The nominee must have made notable accomplishments in teaching mathematics. 
  • The nominee may be nominated by a sponsor or may make a self-nomination. (Anyone who is a member of VCTM, a school division superintendent, a school principal or headmaster, a supervisor, director of instruction, a college dean or department head or the president of any NCTM affiliated group may sponsor a candidate.) 
  • The awardee must be a VCTM member. They can join after the nomination is made.

2021 William C. Lowry Mathematics Educators of the Year


Elementary Level:
Linda Haselton
Nathaneal Greene Elementary School
Greene County Public Schools

Middle School Level:
Dianna J. Avents
Churchland Middle School
Portsmouth Public Schools


Secondary Level:
Heather Key
Hickory High School
Chesapeake Public Schools


Secondary Level:
Ashley Karraro
West Springfield High School
Fairfax County Public Schools


Post Secondary Level:
Dr. Daniel Fritz
Virginia State University

Math Specialist Level:
Holly Tate
Ferdinand T. Day Elementary School
Alexandria City Public Schools

2020 William C. Lowry Mathematics Educators of the Year


Middle School Level:
Melanie Sanchez
E. W. Wyatt Middle School
Greensville County Public Schools

The educator of the year award is named in honor of Dr. William C. Lowry. Learn more about Dr. Lowry's impact on mathematics education in Virginia in this journal dedication.

Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics
PO Box 73593
Richmond, VA 23235
info@vctm.org 


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