2021 RECIPIENT: Ellen Payne


The Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Maine [ATOMIM] honored Ellen Payne in a small ceremony in front of her colleagues on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 for her outstanding contribution in mathematics in the State of Maine by honoring her with the 2021 Jacqueline Mitchell Mathematics Educator Award.  This award is given annually to an outstanding educator who demonstrates a commitment to Maine’s mathematical community through dedicated service.

Ellen is a leader in math education in Maine and currently a high school math teacher in RSU 19 at Nokomis Regional High School. Previously she has been the math department chair and worked on math curriculum in her district. 

Her leadership roles include: completion of the Certificate in Mathematics Leadership program at UMF, attending and presenting at ATOMIM Conferences, and work she has done with the Better Math Teaching Network (BMTN). This Network included educators from all of the New England States including diverse communities and districts focusing on shifting high school instructional practices. Ellen continued the work in Maine, when funding ended for BMTN, by partnering with University of Southern Maine to offer workshops.

Her colleagues say the following: She is a mentor for other math teachers. She supports, shares resources and models for others. Ellen is also a networker. She links math educators, across districts and higher education, to each other and helps us all grow. In short, she is the model for a math leader and effective math educator.

Ellen's work also extends beyond her district with her mentoring work. Part of that leadership is to mentor other teachers to grow and become leaders, too. Because of Ellen, these teachers seek other positions, take on leadership roles, add advanced degrees to their resumes, and participate in State organizations.

We honor Ellen Payne for all her work in mathematics and mathematics education by presenting her with the 2021 Jacqueline Mitchell Mathematics Educator Award.  Congratulations Ellen!

Do you know an outstanding educator who through dedicated service has demonstrated a commitment to Maine’s mathematical community?  If so, consider nominating them for the 2022 Jacqueline Mitchell Mathematics Educator Award by filling out the form linked here.  Nominations for the 2022 award close on Saturday, January 15, 2022.
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