The GCSM Outstanding Leadership award is presented to a member of the organization who demonstrates excellence and strong leadership in mathematics education. As a leader, this award recipient gives much to others beyond the classroom as a mentor, advocate, and global contributor to the improvement of mathematics education. The awardee is a math leader, which is professionally active, and promotes the GCSM mission.
The 2021 GCSM Outstanding Leadership Recipient
Ms. LaTonya Mitchell
Alongside her current service on the Georgia Math Advisory Council, Ms. LaTonya concurrently serves as Vice President of Honors and Awards for the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCTM). Throughout her influential career, Ms. Mitchell has facilitated sessions at Summer Math Academics for GCTM and the Georgia Department of Education. She has also served on several local and state mathematics committees where she allows her passion and expertise to influence decision-making tied to classroom practice.
Ms. Mitchell began her teaching career as an 8th Grade Algebra 1 teacher in Evans County. However, she spent the majority of her career as a high school mathematics teacher. Armed with a wealth of experience and ever-increasing expertise in the area of mathematics, Ms. Mitchell accepted a position as a K-12 mathematics specialist with the First District Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) following her tenure as a high school teacher. Ms. Mitchell left a long-lasting impact on improvements to classroom practice, across the region, through ongoing professional development and classroom modeling. Ms. Mitchell currently serves as the K – 12 Mathematics Curriculum Director for Valdosta City Schools. She continues to act on her fundamental belief that, given an equitable chance, all students have the potential to learn and thrive. Through ongoing classroom support, Ms. Mitchell continues her lifelong commitment to igniting passion for the teaching of mathematics. With intentional planning and attention to the specific needs of learners, she aims to equip teachers to implement authentic opportunities for students to internalize the reality that mathematics proficiency is critical to success.