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 2020 GCSM Outstanding Leadership Recipient
Dr. Carla Bidwell
Carla has served as GCSM President (2014-2016) and is currently the Program Chair for the 2020 Georgia Mathematics Conference. She began her career as a high school mathematics teacher and later served as a secondary mathematics instructional coach. Carla’s passion lies in understanding the roles racism and bias play in maintaining inequitable schooling experiences for marginalized youth. Her prior research examined the lived experiences of successful white teachers of African American students in hopes to better understand ways in which these teachers navigated the racial dynamics at play in their classrooms. Carla currently works as a secondary mathematics specialist with Metro RESA and continually strives to make schools more inclusive of all students.
Pictured from left to right: Jennifer Farrow, Secretary (2018 - 2020), Towanda James, President (2018 - 2020); Dr. Carla Bidwell, Recipient of GCSM Leadership Award; and Paulette Shoupe, Affiliate Rep (2019 - 2021).
The 2019 GCSM Outstanding Leadership Recipient
Bonnie is the current Past President of the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics and has served as Northwest Region Representative for GCTM. She has written and facilitated Summer Math Academies for GCTM and GaDOE. She currently serves on the Georgia Department of Education Math Advisory Council and has represented Georgia at national leadership conferences. Bonnie has been a middle school teacher and an elementary and middle school administrator. She is a state and national presenter and is the Mathematics Mentor at North Georgia RESA.
Bonnie believes that every child deserves the best possible math instruction. In her words, "It is my goal to help as many teachers as I can to become the math teacher they want their own children to have. I believe that we are on the right path and my desire is to create generations of students and adults who have a genuine love of the beauty of mathematics!" GCSM congratulates Bonnie Angel who is very deserving of the 2019 GCSM Outstanding Leadership Award!
Pictured from left to right: Mark Henderson, VP (2017 - 2019); Bonnie Angel, recipient of GCSM Leadership Award; Jennifer Farrow, Secretary (2018 - 2020); and Linda Segars, Treasurer (2015 - 2019).
The 2018 GCSM Outstanding Leadership Recipient
Denise has served as Vice President of GCSM, as well as Vice President for Advocacy for GCTM. She planned and implemented several events: Math Day at the Capitol (2015, 2016) and Lunch and Learn for house and senate education committee members (2016). Denise was a middle school math teacher that led her to roles with Universities, DOE, and RESA. She has a desire to "...help teachers move beyond teaching algorithms to providing learning experiences that are engaging, relevant and develop conceptual understanding while helping their students see the relevance of mathematics in their daily lives and apply mathematics to real-world situations." Denise currently works with the Metro RESA as a math mentor. GCSM congratulates Denise on receiving the 2018 GCSM Outstanding Leadership Award!
The 2017 GCSM Outstanding Leadership Recipient
Kaycie has served as GCTM President during 2014-2016 and as GCSM President during 2010-2012. She has served on local, state, and national mathematics committees. Currently, Kaycie is the Director of 9-12 Mathematics for Northeast Georgia RESA. Kaycie's definition of mathematics leadership is two-fold: "Developing and providing professional learning opportunities for classroom teachers and district leaders, as well as, providing a comprehensive vision on current mathematics content and pedagogy to educators and their leaders...parents, legislators, and higher-education leaders." GCSM congratulates Kaycie on receiving the first GCSM Outstanding Leadership Award!