DeSales University alumnus John Garey ’13 (above right) has won the 2016 New Teacher Award from the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics (PCTM). Garey is currently an M.Ed. student at DeSales and teaches algebra and geometry at Penn Wood High School in Yeadon, Pa.
“It means a lot especially coming from my peers,” he says. “I was pretty shocked when I found out that I was nominated and the fact that I actually won.”
Garey’s former teacher Brother Dan Wisniewski, OSFS (above left), head of the division of sciences and mathematics at DeSales, and Dr. Judy Lee, assistant principal at Penn Wood School, nominated him for the award.
“John challenges me to rethink my instructional methods and encourages me to remain current with new trends in education,” says Wisniewski. “I am proud to now call him my colleague.” The two continue to share ideas about mathematics education and to work together on projects.
The New Teacher Award is given to math educators who have taught three years or less in a Pennsylvania school, and it recognizes those who have taught with contagious enthusiasm and skill. For Garey, teaching is all about passion and enthusiasm. “It has to do with a passion for teaching, a passion for what you are teaching, and a passion for having your kids succeed in the classroom,” he says. “Every single day I try to give my all to these kids.”
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