2013 Recipient: Marilyn Curtis

ATOMIM salutes Marilyn Curtis as the 2013 Jacqueline Mitchell Mathematics Educator Award recipient for her outstanding contributions to mathematics in the State of Maine. Born in the Washington County town of Wait (population 90 people), she was a cheerleader, basketball player, drama student, and Valedictorian of her graduating class.

Marilyn's college career began at USM, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree. She furthered her education ad the University of New England graduating with her Master's Degree.

Marilyn's leadership roles through the years are a tribute to the tireless energy she puts into each challenge she faces, including WMEC Math Academy teacher, Governor's Academy, Board member for both ATOMIM and MSTA, and team and curriculum leader in Lisbon, where she taught for many years. Marilyn participated in the NSELA Leadership Institute, worked on and helped disseminate New Standards, MAP, LAD, PAAP, MLR, NECAP, and Common Core locally and regionally. She has presented at numerous conference across the country including: NSTA, ATOMIM, ATMNE, MSTA, MMSA, and MRA. Marilyn is also the recipient of several awards including: the Presidential Award in Elementary Science, Merit Teacher Golden Appale Award, and Fortune Teacher of the Year finalist.

After teaching more than 30 years in grades K-8 Marilyn retired. She still finds time to do some consulting when she can. For Marilyn, teaching is a "family business." Husband Melvin, son Tyson, daughter Jocelyn, and son-in-law Erik Gray all work in the field of education. Marilyn is also the grandmother of 10 month old Grace Gray.

Peter Geiger, owner and publisher of the Farmer's Almanac perfectly summed up Marilyn: "She is one of my favorite educators of all time. I am delighted to know that ATOMIM and the Jacqueline Mitchell Award continue to honor great people. All the best."

We honor Marilyn Curtis for all her work in mathematics and mathematics education by presenting her with the 2013 Jacqueline Mitchell Mathematics Educator Award.

April 5, 2013
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