2008 Recipient: Shawn Michael Towle

ATOMIM salutes Shawn Michael Towle as the 2008 Jacqueline Mitchell Mathematics Educator Award recipient for his outstanding contributions to mathematics in the State of Maine.

Mr. Towle graduated Cum Laude from Boston College in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He first taught at the Saint Joseph School in Portland, Maine and then joined the Falmouth Middle School staff in 1996. At Falmouth, he developed a passion for teaching mathematics to adolescents. In the classroom, Shawn makes every minute count and his teaching career has been no different.

Shawn received his national board certification in 2002. He attended the Maine Math and Science Alliance (MMSA) governor's academy from 2004-2006 and was a Maine State Finalsit for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching in 2003 and 2007.

Shawn has been a presenter for MMSA, national Connected Mathematics Project (CMP) conferences at Michigan State University, and for us at ATOMIM. He has worked with the state by participating in the Maine Learning Results review, standard setting, and Maine Educational Assessment item analysis. Shawn is a teacher to his colleagues who benefit from his willingness to share his knowledge, strategies, and vulnerabilities.

Most importantly, Shawn is a teacher whol his students respect. He motivates them to take responsibility for their own learning in a climate of "un-anxious expectation."

We honor Shawn Michael Towle for all his work in mathematics and mathematics education by presenting him with the 2008 Jacqueline Mitchell Mathematics Educator Award.

March 28, 2008
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