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2019 WVCTM Awards
Chair winner Myrtle Holland with her family.Chair winner Myrtle Holland with her family.
The most prestigious award given by WVCTM is the Distinguished Service Award, presented to the individual who has done exemplary work statewide in mathematics education.  The award includes a Captain’s Chair with an engraved plaque, hence it is often referred to as “The Chair” Award. The 2019 recipient is Myrtle Holland, a teacher Musselman Middle School in Berkeley County.

Mrs. Holland is a National Board-certified teacher and was one of the first group of Project MERIT teachers. She helped take the state Math Standards through several different versions, revisions, and titles and has actively worked on textbook review committees over the years. A graduate of Ediboro University of Pennsylvania, with a Master’s degree from WVU, she has 37 years of teaching experience. Her list of accomplishments in the field could fill another page of text. Highlights include being a unit writer for Academic Innovations/WVU, serving as an SBAC Scale Score Panel member, being involved with Math Field Day, serving as a facilitator and author in WVLearns Online, and serving as Math Department Chair at MMS (2014-2016).


She has served as the President and Middle School Vice President of WVCTM and was named the organization’s Middle School Math Teacher of the Year in 2012. At the recent conference, she was elected President-Elect of WVCTM.

WVCTM Mathematics Teachers of the Year are those who exemplify the highest standards of mathematics teaching and provide a role model for their colleagues.

WVCTM College Teacher of the Year Joseph WoodWVCTM College Teacher of the Year Joseph WoodJoseph Wood was named as the WVCTM 2019 College/University Teacher of the Year.  Wood is a professor at Glenville State College.  

Wood has worked on curriculum development at Glenville and works to develop grant proposals to improve mathematics teacher quality in the state. He helps students integrate technology into their work and is a regular presenter at WVCTM conferences.

WVCTM High School Teacher of the Year Mark PurcellWVCTM High School Teacher of the Year Mark Purcell
Mark Purcell was recognized as the 2019 WVCTM High School Mathematics Teacher of the Year.  Purcell is a teacher at Parkersburg High School.  

His nomination included the following statements: “Mark encourages discourse and creates activities that allow students to share their strategies for problem-solving, which leads to a deeper understanding of concepts. Mark has been nominated for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching... [He has risen] to a level of leadership among his peers and is often involved with county level and state level workshops and trainings that benefit the math department at PHS and the students in that building.” A student wrote: “He makes math fun, and I understand math when he teaches it.”

2019 WVCTM Conference

PLEASE NOTE: Online registration for the 2019 WVCTM Conference is now closed. On-site registration will still be available!  Hope to see you all there!


Please join us for the 2019 annual conference of the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 15 & 16, at the Stonewall Resort, located off I-79 approximately 30 miles from Clarksburg, WV. Reservations can be made either by calling 888-278-8150 or 304-269-7400. To receive the conference rate, please note as you reserve your room that you are attending the WVCTM Conference.

Dr. Christopher DanielsonDr. Christopher DanielsonThis year’s attendees are in for a very special treat as our keynote speaker will be Christopher Danielson. He has worked with mathematics learners of all ages for over twenty years, first as a middle school mathematics teacher, and more recently at the college level teaching College Algebra and Calculus, but specializing in work with future elementary teachers. He describes a conversation with his then four-year-old daughter that had a profound effect on his work. “We were enjoying a summer afternoon on our front porch when she asked, ‘Why don’t circles have tips?’ The ensuing ten minutes gave me a glimpse of the richness of children’s mathematical ideas. I have found that my daughter was not special in this regard—all children notice the shapes, patterns and numbers that surround them. All children think and wonder about relationships among these. All children do mathematics.”

Dr. Danielson has become passionate about helping parents, teachers, and other caregivers to understand and support the mathematical development of young children. From his books Which One Doesn’t Belong? How Many? and Common Core Math for Parents For Dummies, to his blog “Talking Math with Your Kids,” to a large scale family math event at the Minnesota State Fair called “Math On-A-Stick,” he has shared ways to encourage learners of all ages to refine and share their own ideas about mathematics. Dr. Danielson received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University, where he worked with the authors of Connected Mathematics. He continues to work in the area of curriculum development in his present position as a Teaching Faculty member at Desmos, Inc. and in his work with Stenhouse Publishing.

And as in the past the WVCTM annual conference will give you an opportunity to learn effective teaching practices to support students’ learning, to examine new and effective differentiated instruction methods, and to refine your assessment techniques. From speakers presenting a variety of sessions to vendors’ displays, the 2019 conference entitled “Get Hooked on Math” is designed to create ways for our students to receive the best possible mathematics education.


Registration for the 2019 WVCTM conference is now open!


The conference registration fees are shown below:


Online Registration $125
On-Site Registration $140
Saturday Only Registration $60
On-Site Saturday Only $75
Retired Member Registration $65
On-Site Retired Member Registration $80
Student Registration $25
On-Site Student Registration $40

Schedule of Events


Conference Check-in: 6:00pm to 9:00pm in the Lobby

Onsite Registration and Payment: 6:00pm to 8:00pm in the Lobby

Hospitality Room: 6:30pm to 9:00pm in Room TBA



Check-in/Onsite Registration and Payment: 7:00am to 3:00pm in the Lobby

Business Meeting for All Members: 8:30am in Ballroom 2

Opening Session with Keynote Speaker: 10:00am in Ballroom 2

Sessions: 11:15am to 4:00pm in the Meeting Rooms

Banquet: 6:00pm in Ballroom 2



Check-in/Onsite Registration and Payment: 7:30am to 9:00am in the Lobby

Sessions: 8:30am to 12:00pm in the Meeting Rooms


Please note that:

  • Online registration closes on March 9.
  • The cost of a banquet ticket is $30.
  • There will be a $20 cancellation fee on any registration transaction. Membership in the organization will remain active and no refunds will be given after the online registration period has closed. There will be no refunds for banquet tickets.
  • If you are paying with a PO, also please note:
    • The signed purchase order must list the names of the teachers attending clearly indicating an amount for each (banquet and registration). The amount on the PO should match the request being made.
    • Upon the receipt of a completed and signed Purchase Order, it will be processed so that teachers can register.
    • There is a refund policy in place. Once a Purchase Order is processed, there will be no refunds for banquets and if a teacher cancels, then there will be a fee charged $20.
    • Once a Purchase Order is processed, no name changes can be made. If a new person wishes to attend, an additional purchase order will need to be sent.
    • There will be no cancellations or new Purchase Orders accepted after online registration closes.
  • Checks and POs should be mailed to WVCTM, 15 Hatfield Lane, Uniontown, PA 15401.

*Contact the treasurer with any questions regarding payment or cancellations.

Miami University of Ohio's Project Dragonfly


Miami (of Ohio) University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications for 2020 Earth Expeditions graduate courses that offer extraordinary experiences in 16 countries throughout the world.

Earth Expeditions can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP), a master's degree that combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities so that students can complete the GFP master's part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad.

Project Dragonfly also offers the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) master's degree that combines web instruction from Miami University with experiential learning and field study through several AIP Master Institutions in the U.S. Applications for Miami's 2020 cohorts are being accepted now with place-based experiences provided at zoos and botanical gardens in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, New York, San Diego, Seattle, and St. Louis. New for 2020: residents of the Jacksonville, Florida, area can study at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, AIP's newest Master Institution, and earn Miami's AIP master's degree.

Graduate tuition for all programs is greatly reduced because of support from Miami University.

2019 WVCTM Election Results

The following individuals were elected to serve a two-year term as officers of WVCTM: Myrtle Holland (Musselman Middle School) as President-Elect; Matthew Campbell (West Virginia University) as College/University Vice President; Adam Fletcher (Bethany College) as Secretary; and Joy Hunt (Birch PreK-6 School) as Member at Large.

Other Awards from the 2019 Conference
At the banquet of the annual conference, Roger Bennett, Golden Holtan Grant chair, shared the purpose of the Golden Holtans, the new awardees of these grants, and encouragement for future applicants.  Named for Dr. Boyd Holtan, a retired professor from West Virginia University, the Golden Holtans are grants for practicing classroom teachers for development of a particular project in their classrooms.  Checks for each of the selected projects were presented by Dr. Holtan and Mr. Bennett.
This year’s Golden Holtan Grant recipients were Crystal Wheeler from the Village of Barboursville Elementary School in Cabell County and Jennifer McIntosh from Parkersburg South High School in Wood County.
Poster Contest Winners

Each year, teachers from around the state are encouraged to have their students make posters promoting mathematics learning.  The winner of the high school/college category determines the theme of the next year's WVCTM Conference.  This year's high school/college winner was Glenna Alt from Hampshire High School in Hampshire County.  Her poster, titled "Blast Off Into Math and Technology" will be the theme of the 2020 WVCTM Conference.  Ms. Alt's teacher-sponsor of her entry was HHS teacher Rowanne Shockey.

Other poster winners were: 

PreK-K  1st Eva Armhine, 2nd Kaylee Bidinger, and 3rd Isaac Edwards.  All students were from Springfield/Green Spring Elementary, Hampshire Co. (Teacher Gayle Allen).

Grade 1-2   1st Lily Brogan, Franklin Elementary, Pendleton Co. (Teacher Kim George), 2nd Aleonna Tucker, Matewan PK-8, Mingo Co. (Teacher Melissa Hackney), 3rd Ally Londes, Moorefield Elementary, Hardy Co. (Teacher Sabrina Dean)

Grade 3-5  1st Dawson Kenney, Buckhannon Academy Elementary, Upshur Co. (Teacher Sherri Hoover), 2nd Parker Mobley, Poca Elementary, Putnam Co. (Teacher Vickie Beller), 3rd Alexa Magee, Buckhannon Academy Elementary, Upshur Co. (Teacher Sherri Hoover)

Grade 6-8       1st Sybil Willis, Moundsville Middle School, Marshall Co. (Teacher Amy Ritz), 2nd Joleigh Young, Moundsville Middle School, Marshall Co. (Teacher Amy Ritz), 3rd Lily Resnik, Musselman Middle School, Berkeley Co. (Teacher Myrtle Holland)

High School/College Finalists   Daniel Medzius, Pendleton County High, Pendleton Co. (Teacher Cathy Bennett), Katie Scott, Pendleton County High, Pendleton Co. (Teacher Cathy Bennett), Stephanie Cottrell, Fairmont State University (Teacher Dennine Larue)


WVDE TREE Resources Available Now
Written by Mark Alvaro   

TREE LogoTREE LogoWith the upcoming change from the TEACH21 site to the new TREE teacher resource page, the West Virginia Department of Education has tasked West Virginia educators with finding the best, free Online Educational Resources (OERs) to place on the new site.

The final result of this project will mostly likely be a web app that teachers will be able to use to search for resources for Math 6, 7, 8, I, II, and III. While that web application is being developed, the state has released spreadsheets that list the OERs with titles, links, descriptions, and the CCRS alignment.  Each course's sheet contains tabs at the top to navigate through the domains.

WVCTM High School Teacher of the Year, Amy Cowgill, said of the resources: “We’ve narrowed the whole internet down to this list.”

Hopefully teachers will enjoy quick access to resources from Open Middle, Dan Meyer, Desmos, Khan Academy, LearnZillion, Illustrative Mathematics, the Math Assessment Project, Emergent Math, the Math Vision Project, and more!

View the sheets by clicking here or you can use the following link:

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