Sycamore teacher named Outstanding in Mathematics | People
SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - A Sycamore Junior high school teacher was recently named Outstanding in Math by the 2012 Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in integrated math education and another in mathematics and statistics from Miami University, Abbas earned her master’s degree from Miami in math education. Since 2008, she’s been teaching seventh- and eighth-grade math at Sycamore Junior High School.
“Kelly is, in one word, dynamic,” said Karen Naber, Sycamore’s director of academic affairs. “She is truly a teacher who builds relationships with kids the moment they walk into the classroom. Those relationships give Kelly the ability to help kids determine what they need to know and how far they can go. She really pushes her students to reach their potential.”
SJHS Principal Brian Wallace agreed; “If you’re in her classroom, her kids are engaged. She brings out the best in math learners.”
Abbas works hard to create an environment conducive to learning by implementing creative ideas and involving students in hands-on activities, including math games to prepare for state tests. By creating a classroom environment focused on discussions and collaborative learning, Abbas makes students feel comfortable to ask questions, make mistakes and find alternate routes to a solution.
“The methods that I use in my classroom challenge students, provide great opportunities for cooperative learning and result in excellent classroom discussion,” explained Abbas who also serves as the Math Club advisor.
Throughout the tasks and lessons, Abbas is laser-focused on the end results.
“My role is to guide students and support them,” Abbas said. “I hope my students remember me as the teacher who changed their views and perhaps put them on the path toward a successful math future.”