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Candidate for Secretary

Sema Sarikaya Duzyol

Present Position in GCTM: Member

Universities Attended and Degrees Held

  • Istanbul Technical University
    BS in Mathematical Engineering

  • Florida Atlantic University
    MS in Mathematics

  • Certified Mathematics Teacher Grades 6-12

  • Gifted in Field Endorsement

  • Certified in AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC and AP Statistics



Professional Experience

  • Math Teacher, Math Dept. Chair, and Math Olympiad Head Coach at Fulton Science Academy Private School since August 2014
  • Science Olympiad Coach for Fermi Questions since August 2017 at Fulton Science Academy Private School
  • Science Olympiad Coach for Code Busters since August 2018 at Fulton Science Academy Private School
  • Science Olympiad Coach for Simple Machines in 2014-2015
  • Vex Robotics Coach at Fulton Science Academy Private School since August 2018
  • Math Teacher at Fulton Science Academy Charter High School August 2006 –May 2014
  • Math Dept. Chair at Fulton Science Academy Charter High School August 2008 – May 2014
  • Teaching Assistant at FAU August 2004 – July 2006

GCTM Offices/Committees

  • Volunteered at ARML Competition in June to sell books in June 2016 and June 2017 on the competition day
  • Volunteered at ARML Competition to help with grading in June 2018 on the competition day

Other Professional Organizations and Offices

  • Organizer and Host of Statewide Math Geniuses Competition for 6 years
  • GCTM Question Writing Committee Aug 2017 – June 2019
  • National GA MATHCOUNTS Team Coach for three years in a row
  • Safety Committee at FSA
  • Best High School Committee at FSA

Honors and Awards

  • Most Improved Team Coach Award in May 2016 and May 2017 at National MATHCOUNTS Competition - two years in a row
  • Coach of GA MATHCOUNTS Team placed 4th in the Nation for the first time in its history in May 2017
  • 1st Place Team Coach Award in GA MATHCOUNTS State – last three years (2016-2018)
  • Edyth May Sliffe Award in August 2018
  • 100% passing rate in AP Calculus BC and AP Statistics in 2018
    (AP Calculus BC: 1 four and 4 fives – total 5 students)
    (AP Statistics: 1 four and 3 fives – total 4 students)
  • 100% passing rate in AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC and AP Statistics during all years I taught it so far.

Candidate Statement

I am a math teacher and a coach who love working with students! I absolutely have enjoyed teaching for the last 15 years. Being a teacher and a coach is so much more than just a job for me! Math is my passion; love helping students explore their interest in math and nurture their problem solving and critical thinking skills and as a result helping them develop growth mindset. I believe providing desirable difficulty and challenge is very important for students in order to keep their interest in math vivid. It is also important to nurture this interest continuously.

Joining GCTM means being part of a greater cause and a great opportunity to employ my skills and share my passion with other educators. I would love to serve in secretary position at GCTM Office since I would love to do more for students, teachers and coaches. Joining GCTM Office opens up a new path of possibilities for me. It gives me a chance to serve and lead by example. Volunteering is an important aspect of my life. I am a very detailed oriented person who loves working hard for anything I am committed. I want to be part of GCTM’s success in future years of GCTM.