Dr. Bill Stannard Awards for Excellence
2018 Recipients
Award Title  Recipient  Description 

Graduate Student Award for Teaching at MSU 
Christian Stratton 
Christian Stratton is a graduate teaching assistant in Statistics at MSU, a position he has held since 2017. Christian is a talented, enthusiastic and engaging instructor of Introductory Statistics. With his innovative teaching ideas, his availability for assistance, and his clear explanations, Christian creates a supportive and effective learning environment for his students. He eagerly shares his experiences and strategies with other graduate teaching assistants, distinguishing himself as an active and reflective teacher leader within the department. His expertise and enthusiasm as an instructor are valuable to the department and undergraduate students. 
Undergraduate Mathematics Teaching by Faculty at MSU  Elizabeth Mery 
Elizabeth Mery is an Instructor on the Faculty at MSU, a position she has held since 2013. She is adept at teaching a wide variety of mathematics and statistics courses. She makes meaningful connections for students, and they consistently comment on her availability for assistance, clear and helpful mathematical explanations, and course organization. Elizabeth is a popular and valuable tutor for mathematics and statistics in the Math Learning Center. She is one of the few instructors in the department to achieve a perfect 5.0 student evaluation score in courses with over 30 students enrolled. Her proficiency as an instructor on our faculty is a huge asset to the Department and to undergraduates at MSU. 
Graduate Mathematics Teaching by Faculty at MSU  Dr. David Ayala 
David is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at MSU, a position he has held since 2014. David is an accomplished classroom teacher, teaching graduate courses that are foundational to the master’s and doctoral programs in the Department. His careful supervision of graduate students, his oneonone work with graduate students on individual problems and directed student learning, and his organization of a graduate student reading seminar in topology are all especially valuable. His contributions to graduate student learning are highly regarded by students and faculty alike. 
Undergraduate Mathematics Teaching by Faculty at Institution Other than MSU  Dr. Jodi Fasteen, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Carroll College 
Dr. Jodi Fasteen is an assistant professor of mathematics at Carroll College in Helena, Montana. She is the primary mathematics educator at Carroll and works to support both elementary and secondary teachers in the teaching and learning of mathematics. Dr. Fasteen’s research has focus on curriculum development, supporting prospective and inservice teachers, and statistics education at the undergraduate level. 
PreCollegiate Mathematics Teaching  Dacia Lackey, Hyalite Elementary School, 5th Grade Teacher, Bozeman, MT 
Dacia Lackey is a fifthgrade teacher with over twenty years of experience at the elementary level. She is an innovative instructor who challenges her students to learn rich mathematics in meaningful ways. Her exceptional teaching skills were evidenced in 2016 when she was one of seven Montana finalists chosen for the prestigious national Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. In addition to being an exceptional instructor, Dacia has taken on leadership roles in the district helping to evaluate math and science curriculum and leading teachers in professional development. She also works collaboratively with university faculty on research projects and has published two articles describing her classroom work and lessons in Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School. 
2017 Recipients
Award Title  Recipient  Description 

Graduate Student Award for Teaching at MSU 
Katherine McWalters 
Katherine is a masters student in the Masters of MathematicsMathematics Education program and will graduate this semester. Katherine came to MSU after teaching for several years as a high school teacher in Rhode Island and Switzerland. At MSU, she has taught each of the following courses: M121 (College Algebra), M 133 (Geometry and Measurement for K8 Teachers), and M234 (Higher Mathematics for Elementary Teachers). Katherine is passionate and reflective in her teaching practices. She is always looking for ways to help students improve in their understanding. For example, this semester she engaged in an action research project to evaluate the role of different types of assessments on her students’ understanding. Her students appreciate her commitment to teaching and consistently give her high ratings. Katherine will join the NTT faculty in the department beginning Fall 2017. 
Undergraduate Mathematics Teaching by Faculty at MSU  Dr. Jerry Markman  Dr. Markman has been an NTT instructor at MSU since 2009. He has taught a wide variety of courses including M 171 (Calculus I), M 172 (Calculus II), M 273 (Multivariable Calculus) and M 274 (Differential Equations). His versatility in teaching the full range of 100 and 200 level calculus courses is a huge asset to the department. He is consistently recognized by his students as an outstanding instructor. 
Graduate Mathematics Teaching by Faculty at MSU  Dr. Laura Hildreth  Dr. Hildreth is a statistics faculty member who joined us in 2013. She has become a critical part of our teaching of statistics courses in the department, focusing on teaching statistical methods courses to graduate students in the department and graduate students from other departments. She holds the students to high standards, preparing them to do their own statistical analyses in a wide variety of areas. She consistently seeks out data sets from published research to challenge the students to develop skills that would help them to work on their own papers. When she began teaching the graduate statistical methods sequence, she explored the possibility of having daily homework, and the students liked it to so much that it has become a constant part of that class. She works to get to know her students to encourage them to ask questions and they routinely seek her out with questions outside of class. 
Undergraduate Mathematics Teaching by Faculty at Institution Other than MSU  Dr. Rich Rehberger, Dept Head Gallatin College, MSUBozeman  Dr. Rich Rehberger is the Department Head of the Gallatin College Department of Mathematics. He has led the Gallatin College – Montana State University corequisite initiative, and he was the cochair of Montana’s Pathways Project, a program aimed at aligning students’ initial college math courses with their programs of study. He is instrumental in ensuring a successful transition for students who move from taking Gallatin College math courses to courses at Montana State. He is also an excellent mathematics instructor in his own right. 
PreCollegiate Mathematics Teaching  Lisa Scott, Middle School Mathematics Teacher, Lewis and Clark Middle School, Billings, MT  Lisa Scott, a secondary mathematics teacher in Billings, earned two degrees from MSU (B.S. 1992, M.S. 2004). Her 25year career includes many years of classroom teaching, serving as a district mathematics coach, providing professional development, and assuming leadership roles at the state and national level. Lisa’s accomplishments include receipt of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching (2002), election as President of the Montana Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and appointment to the board of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics. Her ongoing contributions to mathematics teaching and learning include authoring curriculum at the national level; assisting with writing and revising state content standards; consulting with individual school districts on mathematics reform; and leading statewide professional learning for K12 mathematics leaders. 
2016 Recipients
Award Title  Recipient  Description 

Graduate Student Award for Teaching at MSU 
Anthony Gaussoin 
Anthony is a doctoral student in the applied mathematics track. He is making excellent progress on his coursework and research. He has taught each of the following courses multiple times: M 121 (College Algebra), M 165 (Calculus for Technology I), M 171 (Calculus I), and M 273 (Multivariable Calculus) in his three years in the department. Students give him very high ratings. His course supervisor had the following to say about him: “Tony taught me that curl and cross both start with C, while divergence and dot both start with D. We both taught early classes, and Tony often came by my office in the wee hours with tidbits like this. I also lifted a few exam problems from Tony, as he had a knack for writing problems that got to the heart of the material without being opaque to the students. Tony has the right combination of enthusiasm, creativity and effort that makes a great teacher.” We will continue to expect great instruction from him as he makes his way to completing his degree. 
Undergraduate Mathematics Teaching by Faculty at MSU  Jade Schmidt 
Jade is the student success coordinator for STAT 216 (Introduction to Statistics). It was a notorious class on campus with a high failure rate. So high that the President was getting calls about it... Jade, working with Jim RobisonCox (Associate Professor of Statistics) flipped the classrooms, writing their own set of materials for the course (basically a textbook), and have dramatically improved the student success rates in the class. The President now routinely mentions the successes of the changes made. Jade has been responsible for all the daytoday running of the course, training of instructors and undergraduate assistants, and also has been working to target struggling students early with extra assistance. She also teaches the class and her sections are the highest rated and in high demand. She is a valued resource for the other instructors. She also has taught other courses for the department before she started this work and has won graduate student teaching awards for those efforts. She is one of our best nontenure track teachers and it was great to be able to recognize that success with this award. 
Graduate Mathematics Teaching by Faculty at MSU  Dr. Jack Dockery  Jack is a Professor of Mathematics and has a vibrant applied mathematics research program. He is very unassuming about himself but cares very deeply about his teaching and about helping others to succeed at all levels in our program. He has been heavily involved in M 171 (Calculus I) and making that a better course working with Veronica Baker (a previous Stannard Award winner) as the faculty course supervisor. His teaching responsibilities have been focused on upper level and graduate mathematics courses. He has worked to modernize the numerical linear algebra and optimization class to bring in “Big Data” problems. This puts it at the forefront of efforts to bring extremely useful tools to our students to prepare them for research or industry positions. He gets extremely high ratings from his students and pushes them to learn the material at a deep level. The other mathematics faculty use his as a resource whenever they are stuck on a problem and to make sure their students’ research and presentations are accurate and correct. He also received his bachelors and master’s here before getting his PhD at the University of Utah in 1987. 
Undergraduate Mathematics Teaching by Faculty at Institution Other than MSU  Dr. David Erickson, Professor of Mathematics Education, PJW College of Education at UMMissoula 
Dr. Erickson has been at UM for over 20 years. He is dedicated to designing productive learning experiences for prospective mathematics teachers, to recruiting and preparing “nontraditional” K12 mathematics teachers, to developing leadership capacity among classroom teachers across Montana, and to building relationships between mathematicians and teachers of school mathematics. His accomplishments and activities this year include:
Dr. Erickson is also a willing contributor to many mathematics organizations and endeavors in the state (e.g., Montana Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Montana Learning Center). He is a rare example of a busy faculty member who also sacrifices time to support the broader enterprise of teaching and learning mathematics in Montana. 
PreCollegiate Mathematics Teaching  Shari Kepner, High School Mathematics Teacher, Park High School, Livingston, MT 
Shari has taught in the Livingston schools for over 10 years. She has demonstrated excellence in teaching AP Calculus and other advanced courses, and earned a masters degree from MSUBozeman in secondary mathematics. Shari is a masterful teacher who challenges her students daily and cares deeply about their welfare. She is also an active leader in state efforts to improve mathematics, most notably serving as current director and coordinator of the statewide MCTM Math Contest. This year, Shari was invited to be the Teacher in Residence in MSUBozeman’s Mathematical Sciences department. In this role, she worked closely with prospective high school teachers nearing the end of their preparation. She also taught calculus as well as courses for future elementary teachers, demonstrating the breadth of her knowledge and ability to engage students at all levels. Shari will return to the classroom next fall, and will be an outstanding liaison between K12 and higher education mathematics. 
2015 Recipients
2014 Recipients
Award Title  Recipient 

Excellence in Graduate Student Professional Presentation Award 
Sydney Akapame 
Excellence in Undergraduate Mathematics Teaching by Faculty at MSU 
Veronica Baker 
Excellence in Graduate Mathematics Teaching by Faculty at MSU  Dr. Steve Cherry 
Excellence in Outstanding Service to the State of Montana in Mathematical Science Education  Dr. Jennifer Luebeck 
Excellence in PreCollegiate Mathematics Teaching  Don Hickethier, Flathead Community College 
2013 Recipients
Award Title  Recipient 

Excellence in Graduate Student Professional Presentation Award 
Kelly Spendlove 
Excellence in Lower Division Mathematical Sciences Instruction  Tom Hayes 
Excellence in Upper Division Mathematical Sciences Instruction  Dr. Lisa Davis 
Excellence in Graduate Mathematical Sciences Instruction  Dr. Megan Higgs 
Outstanding Service to the State of Montana in Mathematical Sciences Education  LeAnne Yenny, Teacher at Sacajawea Middle School, Bozeman and MSU Teacher in Residence 
Excellence in Mathematical Sciences Instruction

Dr. Jim Hirstein, Department of Mathematics, University of Montana 