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Candidate for President

Denise Huddlestun

Present Position in GCTM: Vice President for Advocacy

Universities Attended and Degrees Held

  • Georgia Southern University
    Ed.S. in Middle Grades Education

  • University of Georgia
    M.Ed. in Middle Grades Education

  • Shorter College
    B.S. in Elementary Education



Professional Experience

  • Instructional Supervisor in Mathematics at Metro RESA
  • School Improvement Specialist at Georgia Department of Education
  • Education Staff Specialist in Educator Preparation Division at Georgia Professional Standards Commission
  • Instructional Support Specialist for Georgia’s Choice, RESA Statewide School Improvement Network
  • Instructor/Clinical Supervisor at Georgia Southern University College of Education
  • Instructor in the Development Studies Math Department at the University of Georgia; Middle School Math Teacher in Clarke County; and Elementary Teacher in Hall County and Rome City Schools

GCTM Offices/Committees

  • VP for Advocacy, 2015 - present
  • Georgia Math Conference Program Committee, 2015
  • Georgia Math Conference Program Committee, 2012

Other Professional Organizations and Offices

  • GCSM Secretary, 2014 - 2016
  • GCSM Vice President, 2007 – 2009
  • NCTM Member, 2005 - present
  • NCSM Member, 2005 - present

Honors

  • GCTM John Neff Award

Candidate Statement

I am honored to be one of the candidates for President-Elect of the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Its mission is one that I embrace: promoting a quality mathematics education, encouraging an active interest in mathematics, promoting professional development, and promoting excellence in the teaching of mathematics. My vision of a quality mathematics education program is one where students are adequately prepared to compete in a global society. To do so, teachers of mathematics must provide students with relevant and engaging learning experiences that require them to apply the mathematics they are learning in real-world situations. Teachers need to be lifelong learners seeking to develop a deeper understanding of content, instructional best practices, assessment and methods of motivating and helping each student succeed. GCTM is an organization that supports teachers, Pre-K through college, in professional growth through the Georgia Math Conference, the Summer Academies, and the informative articles in the Reflections journal. As an educator for over thirty years, I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of educational settings and have learned the importance of having colleagues who share a desire to learn and grow professionally. I have found those individuals in my schools and other settings where I have worked as well as in GCTM. Each of my professional experiences has provided me with new perspectives and valuable lessons. My current position as Instructional Supervisor of Mathematics at Metro RESA includes promoting quality mathematics instruction and providing professional development to mathematics teachers. If elected, I will continue to network, learn, and grow while bringing the lessons I’ve learned through my varied experiences to the opportunity of serving GCTM.