The Hood College Graduate School’s Outstanding Mathematics Education Student for 2018 is Katie Berrigan. A 6th grade teacher at Frederick County Public School’s Walkersville Middle, Katie received her M.S. in Mathematics Education in January. Dr. Cristy Danko Graybeal, director of Hood’s graduate mathematics education program, nominated Katie because she “excelled in all aspects of the program.” Her capstone project, titled Implementing Flexible Groups and the Impact on Student Achievement, was particularly impressive! Flexible grouping is a strategy where students work with different groups of classmates depending on the skills and the purpose of each exercise. She explained the theory behind and benefits of flexible grouping, and “explicitly addressed teacher concerns about flexible groups and provided realistic ideas for their implementation.” Katie has become a true leader for mathematics education, and we look forward to seeing her continue to succeed!
Thank you to Antoinette Border (’04) for funding this award!