2009 Recipient: Karen Choate

ATOMIM salutes Karen Choate as the 1009 Jacqueline Mitchell Mathematics Educator Award recipient for her outstanding contributions to mathematics in the State of Maine.

Mrs. Choate graduated from Wheaton College in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and a minor in Education.

Karen began her teaching career at Oak Hill High School in the fall of 1984 where she continued to teach until January of 1989 just before the birth of her first child. She took the next 15 years off to enjoy family life and volunteering at her children's elementary school in Lewiston. Following the birth of her youngest child in 1995, she began teaching Adult Education classes to "keep my hand in the world of mathematics and education."

Karen became a math teacher at Lewiston High School for 2 years. She could not, however, let go of all the volunteer activities she was involved in, including church and scouts, so she re-focused her energies on her current job as an educational technician in Special Education, a perfect fit for her and ehr family. With the exception of a few semesters through the years, she continues teaching Algebra I to adults through the Lewiston School Department.

Karen's commitment to Mathematics Education does not end there. For more than 20 years, she served as the Membership Chair for ATOMIM, greeting conference participants at the registration table and keeping track of thousands of registrations and purchase orders.

A lover of quotes, the following is among her favorites: "Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

We honor Karen Choate for all her work in mathematics and mathematics education by presenting her with the 2009 Jacqueline Mitchell Mathematics Educator Award.

March 26, 2009
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