WMC Distinguished Mathematics Educator Award


LORNA VAZQUEZ, GRANTON SCHOOL DISTRICT

The Wisconsin Mathematics Council’s Distinguished Mathematics Educator (DME) award was established in 1983 and is the most prestigious award that the Council bestows. The award recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions and exceptional leadership and service to the Wisconsin mathematics education community.  The 2022 recipient of the DME award is Lorna Vazquez.


Lorna taught for many years in the Granton School District.  While there, she demonstrated long-term success in the high school classroom.  It was clear that she believed that all students can achieve when provided with a risk-free environment where they can experience success.

While she was first and foremost an outstanding teacher, she is also an outstanding leader, collaborator, and presenter.  She has written numerous articles on best practices in mathematics education, and has presented across the country and across the globe.  

Lorna truly is a life-long learner whose passion for teaching is evident in all that she does.  She continually sought opportunities to better her teaching, and her students clearly excelled as a result.  Lorna has traveled all over the United States and the world to learn how to better help her students become globally competitive. She has traveled to Australia, Russia, Japan and New Zealand to learn about international mathematics education, and has shared her expertise with many regional and area school districts to support and collaborate with teachers locally.

One nominating teacher had this to say about Lorna, “Lorna has always been a ravenous learner.  She realizes how tough teachers have had things for the past few years and really feels THEY need to be honored - not her!  She continues to inspire me to understand what this profession is all about - supporting others!  And while she may not like being singled out and celebrated - she is the epitome of what this award is all about.”

Dave Ebert, chair of the DME selection committee, stated, “Lorna’s selection as this year’s Distinguished Mathematics Educator is long overdue.  She has had a positive influence on mathematics education in Wisconsin and beyond for many years, and her body of work made her an easy selection as this year’s DME.”

Lorna was honored at the WMC Annual Conference in Green Lake, where she gave a moving acceptance speech, followed by an emotional congratulatory video from her family.  Congratulations to the Wisconsin Mathematics Council’s 2022 Distinguished Mathematics Educator, Lorna Vazquez.  The WMC would like to thank you for offering your leadership and contributing your expertise to the Wisconsin mathematics education community.


Nominate an Individual!

The Wisconsin Mathematics Council’s Distinguished Mathematics Educator (DME) Award is the most prestigious award that the Council bestows. The award recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions and exceptional leadership and service to the Wisconsin mathematics education community.

Qualities of DME awardees include evidence of:

  • Active participation in professional organizations at the local, state and/or national levels.
  • Lifetime contributions to mathematics education.
  • Continued growth as a mathematics educator and leader.
  • Inspirational influence on others in mathematics education.

In order to be considered for the DME award, nominees must meet the following criteria: 

  • Provide significant contributions and distinguished service to mathematics education in Wisconsin. 
  • Be recognized as a regional, state, and/or national mathematics leader.
  • Be involved in mathematics education for a minimum of 15 years, with at least ten years in Wisconsin.
Formal nominations must be submitted to the Wisconsin Mathematics Council no later than March 1 each year.

Nominations include completing the DME Nomination Form and submitting it along with a DME Nomination Letter outlining why the nominee should be recognized. All materials should be submitted to wmc@wismath.org.

 The DME committee, appointed by the WMC president, will review candidates for the award and present the selection to the WMC Board of Directors no later than April 1 of each year. The DME awardee will be honored at the WMC Annual Meeting.

Questions about the DME award should be directed to the Wisconsin Mathematics Council email at: wmc@wismath.org


Past Distinguished Math Educators

 Recipient  Year

Sister Mary Petronia Van Straten

1983

Sister Jositha Van Straten

1983

J. Fred Weaver

1983

LeRoy Dalton

1984

Olive Danecki

1984

George Henderson

1984

Ray Schmelter, Jr.

 1984

M. Vere De Vault

 1985

DuWayne Kleinschmidt

1985

Ethel Niejahr

1985

Gail Burrill

1986

Patricia Huston

1986

Courtney Leonard

1986

Vincent O'Connor

1986
John Burrill 1987

Adele Hanson

1987

Henry Kepner

1987

Walter Leffin

1987

Marshall Wick

1987

John Lucas

1988

Elizabeth Fennema

1989

Robert Patton

1989

Tom Romberg

1989
Harry Wollf 1989
 Recipient  Year

Donald Chambers

1990

Jane Howell

1990

Tom Carpenter

1992

Robert Prielipp

1992

Judy Fadness

1993

John Moyer

1993

John G. Harvey

1993

Billie Earl Sparks

1994

John Janty

1994

Sue Gehn

1995

Jodean Grunow

1995

Phil Makurat

1995

Arne Engebretsen

1996

Norm Webb

1996

Ann Elling

1997

Elizabeth Freeman

1997

Milton Mitchell

1997

Milton "Butch" Bretzel    

1998

Pat Hopfensperger 

1998

Marty Schuh

1998

Jim Kasum

1999

Mary Schroeder

1999
 Pat Tyunaitis 1999
 Joan Grampps 2000
 Faye Hilgart 2020

 Recipient Year

James Marty

2001

Steve Reinhart

2001

Carolyn Meitler

2002

Eric Schluter

2002 

Jo Ingle

 2003

Henry Kranendonk

 2003

Connie Laughlin

 2004

Janis Freckmann

 2006

Diana Kasbaum

 2006

Linda McQuillen

 2006

DeAnn Huinker

 2008

Patricia Madsen

 2008

Frederick (Rick) Tufte

 2008

Jane Fazio

 2010

Sue Hanson-Otis

 2011

Margaret Jensen

 2012

Richard Askey

 2013

Beth Schefelker

 2014

Michelle Parks   

 2015

Kevin McLeod

 2016
 David Ebert 2017
 Mary Richards 2018
 Erick Hofacker 2019
 Jennifer Kosiak 2020
 Doug Burge2021 

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