For Immediate Release (01-63)
Date: November 16, 2001
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952;
Dave Willingham, 240-567-7970
**Montgomery College Professor
Named **
Math Teacher of the Year
Montgomery College Professor Thomas
Sonnabend has been named Maryland College Mathematics Teacher of the
Year for 2001 by the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM).
“This is the first award I’ve
received,” said Sonnabend. “It makes me feel good to know that
other people appreciate me and that I’m doing a good job.”
Sonnabend was cited for the
stimulating and engaging methods he uses in motivating students to
make mathematical discoveries on their own and to get them thinking
about math applications in the real world. For instance, he uses a
toy cell phone to have imaginary conversations with imaginary people
who ask for help in solving real-life math problem.
Deborah Poese, chair of the
Rockville Mathematics Department and Sonnabend’s nominator, says
Sonnabend is intimately involved in the College’s assessment
programs that place students in the appropriate math courses. “We
couldn’t do it if he weren’t involved,” she said.
Plus, says Poese, “he’s always
looking for what’s out there in terms of research, talking to
people, finding out what’s going on in our area and letting
everybody know about it.”
Sonnabend plays a critical role in
coordinating and teaching math courses to elementary and secondary
school teachers, an area in which community colleges are playing a
greater role. He also is a frequent speaker at national math
conferences.
Of his position at Montgomery
College, Sonnabend says, “this is a good math department with a lot
of people with considerable experience. There’s a real sense of
community and working as a group; it’s really exceptional.”
Sonnabend lives in Rockville and has
taught at Montgomery College for 16 years. He is the author of the
classic textbook, *Mathematics for Elementary Teachers: An
Interactive Approach,* which soon will appear in a third
addition.
He received the Maryland College
Mathematics Teacher of the Year award at an October MCTM ceremony in
Columbia. |