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Candidate for Vice President for Awards and Honors

Dr. David W. Thacker

Present Position in GCTM: Chairperson for 2017 Program Planning Committee

Universities Attended and Degrees Held

  • Lee University, BA
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, MA
  • Tennessee Technological University, EdS
  • Liberty University, EdD

Professional Experience

  • Whitfield County Schools, Director of Middle School Curriculum, 2015-present
  • Whitfield County Schools, Instructional Coach Coordinator, 2011-2015
  • Whitfield County Schools, Middle School Teacher, 2006-2011
  • Whitfield County Schools, High School Teacher, 1999-2006
  • East Tennessee State University, Adjunct Professor, 1998-1999

GCTM Offices/Committees

  • Member, 2016 Program Planning Committee
  • Chairperson, 2017 Program Planning Committee

Other Professional Organizations and Offices

  • AMLE
  • Board Member, Junior Achievement of Northwest Georgia


  • Teacher of the Year, North Whitfield Middle School, 2005
  • Adjunct Professor of the Year, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 1997

Candidate Statement

Since entering the arena of curriculum support in 2011, math educators from across the state have mentored me in my philosophy and understanding of what it means to be a math educator in Georgia. Those connected to GCTM have been especially helpful from classroom teachers to instructional coaches to math mentors to state leadership and curriculum personnel. While I would bring with me to this role, if elected, the skills of communication, organization, perseverance, and collaboration, my sincere appreciation for the dedication and determination of math educators gives me a unique perspective. Every day, I see the positive impact these educators make as they engage in discourse in their classrooms, schools, professional organizations, public spaces, and communities to advance student learning about mathematical ideas. This work is never-ending and often goes without recognition. Consequently, the work accomplished through the GCTM office of Vice President for Awards and Honors provides a public platform to honor and recognize the very best among us. Many of these awards come from an established tradition of excellence connected to those whose names the awards honor, and it would be my privilege to serve in such a role that highlights those making a difference in the community of math education in Georgia.