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Edyth May Sliffe Awards

The Edyth May Sliffe Awards for Distinguished Mathematics Teaching in Middle School and High School are given annually to middle and high school mathematics teachers who have done outstanding work to motivate students in mathematics by participating in one of the MAA American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) competitions. Nominations for the Sliffe Award are open.

What is the award? More than 20 competition managers receive recognition from the MAA AMC program and a $500 stipend including recognition on the MAA website and social media. Award recipients will also receive free registration, housing, and travel expenses to MAA MathFest in Washington, D.C., August 3 - 6, 2022. This is an annual conference for mathematics education and research that draws mathematicians and math enthusiasts from across the country.

Who is eligible for nomination? Middle or high school teachers who play a crucial role in preparing students to participate in the MAA American Mathematics Competitions. Administrators or instructors who are not teachers at a public or private school are not eligible; in particular, principals, superintendents, headmasters, college professors, Math Circle directors, and summer camp directors who are not primarily middle or high school teachers are not eligible.

Additionally, teachers who won the Sliffe Award previously are eligible if three years have passed since winning their awards. There must be a three-year gap between awards. So winners up to and including 2018 can be nominated again. Teachers who won the award in 2019 and 2020 are not eligible.  

Who can submit a nomination? A teacher must be nominated by at least two individuals. The nominators may be:

  • A student, parent, fellow teacher, or associate, including school volunteers, or school administrators. (If two people co-sign this type of nomination it counts as two nominations).

  • Teachers are allowed to nominate themselves as long as someone else submits an additional nomination on their behalf. A self-nomination with a co-signer only counts as one nomination.

What criteria is the committee looking for? It is important to share the effect the teacher has had on students’ interest and participation in mathematics through preparation for the MAA American Mathematics Competitions. Providing examples of additional evidence can strengthen a nomination letter such as:

  • Improvement in AMC scores from past years;

  • An increase in the number of students participating in the AMC 8 or AMC 10/12 competitions;

  • An increase in the number of students who have gone on to participate in the invitational competitions, such as AIME and USAMO;

  • Efforts to encourage students to pursue mathematical training outside the classroom through math clubs, coaching students, providing extra mathematical training materials, etc.

How can I submit a nomination? Nominations for the 2020-2021 cycle are open. The last day to submit a nomination is June 11, 2021.

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Bettina Berton, Evergreen Middle School, Redmond, WA
Brian Jackson, Morgantown High, Morgantown, WV
Christopher Tillman, Sierra Canyon School, Chatsworth, CA
Daniel Lowe, Lebanon Trail High School , Frisco, TX
Ingrid Lu, Joaquin Miller Middle School, San Jose, CA
Joshua Rosenthal, Science Academy STEM Magnet, Los Angeles, CA
Luis Valdes, Dulles High School, Sugar Land, TX
Marisa Reinsch, Skyline High School, Sammamish, WA
Matthew Caputo, John Stark Regional High School, Weare, NH
Matthew Donnelly, Saint Bernard School, Uncasville, CT
Patrick Keegan, West Woods Upper Elementary School, Farmington, CT
Paul Poiesz, Conestoga High School, Berwyn, PA
Richard Agin, Evanston Township High School, Evanston, IL
Steve Gadbois, Memphis University School , Memphis, TN
Steve Maxey, Great Oak High School, Temecula, CA
Susan Gifford, Vestavia Hills High School, Vestavia Hills, AL
Terry King, Deerlake Middle School, Tallahassee, FL
William Hawkins, Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, PA
William Skerbitz, Wayzata High School, Plymouth, MN
William Speer, Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, MI

The full list of past Edyth May Sliffe winners can be accessed here.