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Friday, March 26, 2010
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MU math professor Dr. Karen Mitchell wins ‘Chair’ award
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Dr. Karen Mitchell, a Marshall University mathematics professor, won the prestigious “Chair” award from the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (WVCTM) Friday, March 19, during the council’s annual conference at the Days Inn in Flatwoods, W.Va.
The “Chair” is the organization’s most distinguished service award. It is bestowed upon a member who has consistently served the organization and mathematics community of West Virginia. The award consists of a Captain’s Chair with an engraved plaque and life membership in the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Dr. Evelyn Pupplo-Cody, also a Marshall University mathematics professor, said the award recognizes Mitchell for her “dedication and hard work in her outreach efforts in K-12 mathematics.”
Mitchell’s mother, Mrs. Ruth Mitchell, surprised her daughter by traveling to Flatwoods to be with her at the conference.
“I was thrilled, and the fact that Mother was there to see me receive the award made it that much more thrilling,” Mitchell said. “It’s an honor to receive an award from the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics. All of the stakeholders in math education in West Virginia are represented by that organization and they all are extremely hard workers. They recognize what high quality service is because they are all doing it.”
Mitchell was honored previously by the WVCTM, being named the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics College/University Mathematics Teacher of the Year in 2005. A Huntington native and graduate of Huntington East High School and Marshall University, she has been teaching math at Marshall for about 25 years.
Mitchell has won other teaching awards while at Marshall. Two of the more significant ones were in 1995, when she won the Marshall and Shirley Reynolds Outstanding Teacher Award from the university and was named West Virginia Professor of the Year by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.