Distinguished Mathematics Educator


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.

Melissa Hedges

Milwaukee Public Schools



Nominate an Individual!

Formal nominations must be submitted to the Wisconsin Mathematics Council no later than February 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 Conference. Questions about the DME award should be directed to the Wisconsin Mathematics Council email at: wmc@wismath.org.

Past DME Awardees

        Melissa Hedges 2024
Lori Williams 2023 Lorna Vazquez 2022 Doug Burge 2021
Jennifer Kosiak 2020 Erick Hofacker 2019 Mary Richards 2018
David Ebert 2017 Kevin McLeod 2016 Michelle Parks 2015
Beth Schefelker 2014 Richard Askey 2013 Margaret Jensen 2012
Sue Hanson-Otis 2011 Jane Fazio 2010 Frederick (Rick) Tufte 2008
Patricia Madsen 2008 DeAnn Huinker 2008 Linda McQuillen 2006
Diana Kasbaum 2006 Janis Freckmann 2006 Connie Laughlin 2004
Henry Kranendonk 2003 Jo Ingle 2003 Eric Schluter 2002
Carolyn Meitler 2002 Steve Reinhart 2001 James Marty 2001
Faye Hilgart 2000 Joan Grampps 2000 Jim Kasum 1999
Mary Schroeder 1999 Joan Grampps 1999 Pat Tyunaitis 1999
Milton "Butch" Bretzel 1998 Patrick Hopfensperger 1998 Marty Schuh 1998
Ann Elling 1997 Elizabeth Freeman 1997 Milton Mitchell 1997
Arne Engebretsen 1996 Norm Webb 1996 Sue Gehn 1995
Jodean Grunow 1995 Phil Makurat 1995 Billie Earl Sparks 1994
John Janty 1994 Judy Fadness 1993 John Moyer 1993
John G. Harvey 1993 Tom Carpenter 1992 Robert Prielipp 1992
Donald Chambers 1990 Jane Howell 1990 Elizabeth Fennema 1989
Robert Patton 1989 Tom Romberg 1989 Harry Wolff 1989
John Lucas 1988 John Burrill 1987 Adele Hanson 1987
Henry Kepner 1987 Walter Leffin 1987 Marshall Wick 1987
Gail Burrill 1986 Patricia Huston 1986 Courtney Leonard 1986
Vincent O'Connor 1986 M. Vere De Vault 1985 DuWayne Kleinschmidt 1985
Ethel Niejahr 1985 LeRoy Dalton 1984 Olive Danecki 1984
George Henderson 1984 Ray Schmelter, Jr. 1984 Sister Mary Petronia Van Straten 1983
Sister Jositha Van Straten 1983 J. Fred Weaver 1983