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2018 Taylor Teaching Award

February 16, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

We’re happy to announce that Dickson Benesh is the winner of the 2018 Patricia E. Taylor Teaching Award for International Experiences!  Every year, a committee of educators and community members independent from MLWGS and the Foundation selects a MLWGS teacher to receive a $7500 award to fund international travel that will enrich their instruction.  Mr. Benesh will be traveling to the United Kingdom this summer to follow in the footsteps of Sir Isaac Newton.  Among the many locations he will be visiting are Newton’s birthplace in Grantham, Trinity College, where Newton attended university, and London, where Newton spent his last years.

Why Isaac Newton?  In addition to being one of the fathers of Calculus, “Isaac Newton (mathematician, scientist, theologian) is the father of so much that we learn here at Maggie Walker,” says Mr. Benesh.  “Further, he was a misunderstood gifted kid who somehow overcame his humble beginnings as a farm boy to become one of the greatest scientists that the world has ever known.”  He adds, “The paradox of teaching mathematics is often that we are supposed to model the real world, but oftentimes without actually working or even going into the real world. By following the footsteps of Newton, I will be out in the real world, for sure, but I will also have the opportunity to make rich connections between the real world and the mathematics that I’m teaching.”

The Taylor Teaching Award was established to honor retired MLWGS founder, teacher, and administrator, Patricia Taylor upon her retirement.  Past winners include Jeff Hall, Max Smith, Celie Boswell, Lynn Reed, Hana (Reed) Voight, and Lisa Williams.  The Foundation funds the award.  If you would like to make a contribution to help fund the award, please donate here and write “Taylor Teaching Award” in the comments section.

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