Innovator Award

The purpose of the NCCTM Innovator Award is to recognize and reward individuals and/or groups who have made an outstanding and noteworthy contribution to mathematics education and/or NCCTM.

Nomination Instructions and Form (PDF)

Questions? Contact Rose Sinicrope, East Carolina University [].

2017 Recipient

Ellen Hilgoe Photo Ellen Hilgoe

Starting with a project funded by the State to assess high school students’ readiness for college mathematics, this innovator developed a program to serve and support high school students, high school teachers, and university teacher educators in North Carolina. With her creativity, her passion for mathematics teaching, her commitment to the mathematics education of students in North Carolina, Ellen developed the NC Early Mathematics Placement Testing (NCEMPT) program into a vibrant service for thousands of high school mathematics teacher and three quarters of a million high school students and their parents across North Carolina



2016 Eric and Kimberly Marland
2015 The Burroughs-Wellcome Fund
2014 Drew Polly; NC Component of the American Mathematics Competition (AMC)
2013 Sid Rachlin; Editors of The Centroid
2012 Math Celebrations (Logo Contest)
2011 NC School of Science and Mathematics
2010 Vincent Snipes
2009 Archie Benton
2009 Charlotte Mathematics Club
2008 Bampia Bangura
2008 Professional Engineers of NC
2007 Susan Friel
2007 State Math Fair Committee
2006 Lothar Dohse
2006 State Mathematics Contest Committee
2005 Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics
2005 Gail Stafford
2004 Jeane Joyner
2003 Becky McLawhorn
2002 Betty Long
2001 W. Earl Mitchell, Jr
2000 Tom Blackburn and Virginia Hawn
1999 Clifford Z. Adams
1998 Harold Williford
1997 Harold B. Reiter
1996 Jerry Taylor
1995 John Goebel
1994 Ralph Willis

A Message From Our President

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Julie Kolb
Meredith College


You have the power to change the future of Mathematics Teaching in North Carolina.

If you are wondering how you can manage to do this within your packed daily schedules, it may be easier than you think!

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