WMC Distinguished Mathematics Educator Award

Nominations are now open!

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, 2019.

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 Conference on Thursday, May 2, 2019. 

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


  Past DME Awardees
Left to Right


John Janty (1994), Sue Hanson-Otis (2011), Phil Makurat (1995), Jane Howell (1990), Jane Fazio (2010), Hank Kepner (1987), DeAnn Huinker (2008), Beth Schefelker (2014), Mary Richards (2018), Diane Kasbaum (2006), Gail Burrill (1996),  John Burrill (1987), and Billie Sparks (1994)


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

 Recipient Year

Faye Hilgart

 2000

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

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