Training the Math Teachers of Tomorrow:
Beverly Ferrucci's Efforts Recognized by Keene State
Dr. Beverly Ferrucci, professor of mathematics, has been chosen to receive an Outstanding Women of New Hampshire award, an honor bestowed annually to four women from the Keene State campus, Monadnock community, and State by KSC President Stanley J. Yarosewick.
Dr. Ferrucci has two doctorate degrees, one in mathematics education and one in psychometrics, and is the first female editor of the New England Journal of Mathematics. In the last five years, she's authored or coauthored six articles in journals, encyclopedias, and state Department of Education publications; given 44 presentations at conferences in 13 countries; and served in 24 positions on professional boards.
But it is as a driving force behind training mathematics teachers at Keene State where Dr. Ferrucci's accomplishments stand out. Since arriving at Keene State in 1987, Dr. Ferrucci has made concerted efforts to introduce in-service and preservice math teachers, many of whom are women, to professionals at conferences and helps them apply for undergraduate research grants and submit proposals to conferences.
In the past nine years, six students mentored by Dr. Ferrucci have received the Fernand Prevost Mathematics Teaching Award, which is given annually to a beginning mathematics teacher with no more than three years' experience for having an excellent commitment and ability to teach quality mathematics.
To make sure her students are exposed to the current methods and best practices in their field, last fall Dr. Ferrucci organized a trip for 40 KSC students to attend the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics regional meeting in Boston. Dr. Ferrucci has also helped three students prepare for this year's Academic Excellence Conference: Craig Sheil, who will present a workshop on "PentaBlocks: Using this Manipulative in the Classroom"; Sarah Nordle, who will present a workshop on "The Role of Circular Geoboards in the Classroom"; and Chepina Witkowski, who will speak about "Squawkheag Mathematics and Culture."
(For more information about these and other presentations, visit www.keene.edu/academics/honors/aec_committee/default.cfm)