The 2015 recipient of the Antoinette Border Award for outstanding student performance in mathematics education is Brittany Beresford. Her instructors describe Brittany as bright, dependable, hard-working, and dedicated. They also mention her unbridled energy and enthusiasm. In fact, the May 2015 graduate earned a perfect 4.0 GPA as she powered her way through the master’s program, often taking two graduate classes at a time while teaching full-time at Brunswick High School in Maryland.
For her capstone project, entitled Success for Students with Learning Disabilities in the Algebra Classroom, Brittany conducted a thorough review of the literature in both mathematics education and special education and merged her findings into practical implications for the classroom. The project was summarized in an article published in the Fall 2014 edition of the Maryland Council for Teachers of Mathematics Journal, the Banneker Banner.
Brittany has learned to read and appreciate articles in professional journals and wrote a useful and insightful paper on the importance of peer review. In March 2015, she brought a group of her own students to Hood’s Math Day for High School Girls, introducing them to the beauty and power of mathematics.