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2020 RECIPIENT: Deb Bradburn 

Presented by ATOMIM - The Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Maine

ATOMIM salutes Deb Bradburn for her outstanding contributions in mathematics education and mathematics leadership in the state of Maine by honoring her with the 2020 Jacqueline Mitchell Award. Deb is an outstanding mathematics educator who has demonstrated a commitment to Maine’s mathematical community through dedicated service.

Deb graduated from the University of Maine in 1981 with highest distinction, Kappa Delta Pi and as a member of the All Maine Women Honor Society of Maine. She has been teaching in Maine schools since 1981.  In 2007, Deb received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics and the Alan M. Argondizza Award for outstanding service and dedication to elementary education at the PRISM Conference in 1994.

Deb’s principal, Sean Murphy, shared that she has been actively involved in Everyday Math work around the state of Maine as well as in Dubai and Switzerland.  She serves as an ATOMIM Board member, continues to provide professional development for companies such as McGraw-Hill, hosted a Math Learning Lab as part of her membership in the Maine Mathematics Coaching Project (MMCP), and continues to provide mathematics leadership within her district.  

“Few individuals understand the teaching and learning of mathematics as deeply as Deb Bradburn,” shared Anita Bernhardt, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in York.Anita used such words as: resource sleuth, go-to person, consummate coach, and team player to describe Deb. She has knowledge of the math content, a good grasp of the data, the ability to laugh and make others laugh, a keen empathy for the struggle that is inherent in being an effective classroom teacher.  All of these qualities help her build adult relationships, influence classrooms and engender confidence and trust.

Jenny Jorgensen enjoyed her work with Deb through the Maine Mathematics Coaching Project.  She found Deb to be excited about her work with teachers and enthusiastic about implementing quality coaching practices.  Deb participated in ATOMIM’s Book Study groups and recently stepped right up when a representative for the ATOMIM Board from her region was needed.

Perhaps most notably, Jackie knew Deb as a colleague and a friend.  They shared a passion for mathematics and a love of teaching and supporting their colleagues.  Congratulations Deb Bradburn, we are proud to present you with the 2020 Jackie Mitchell Award.  

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