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Gojak, John Carroll University Mathematics Director, Begins Term as President of NCTM

Reston, Va., June 11, 2012—Linda M. Gojak, director of the Center for Mathematics and Science Education, Teaching, and Technology at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio, recently became president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Gojak has joined and will preside over the 14-member board of directors that serves as the chief policymaking body for NCTM.

Gojak assumed the position of president at the conclusion of NCTM’s annual meeting in Philadelphia on April 28. Her two-year term will run until April 2014. She has served as NCTM’s president-elect for the past year. NCTM is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the teaching and learning of mathematics. With more than 80,000 members, NCTM supports mathematics educators in all 50 states and Canada.

“This is an exciting time in mathematics education,” said Gojak. “NCTM will continue to take the lead in supporting mathematics educators at all levels.”

After 28 years of teaching mathematics at the elementary and middle grade levels, Gojak became director of the Center for Mathematics and Science Education, Teaching, and Technology at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio, in 1999. She has served in many roles with the Council over the years, including as a member of NCTM’s Board of Directors (1996–99), member of the Arithmetic Teacher Editorial Panel (1991–94), co-chair of the Cleveland regional conferences (1997, 2008), member of the Program Committee for the Indianapolis Annual Meeting (1994), and program chair for the Minneapolis Annual Meeting (1997). Most recently, she was a reviewer for Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics: A Quest for Coherence, published in 2006.

Gojak has also served as president of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She has held leadership positions in the Council of Presidential Awardees in Mathematics, the Triangle Coalition, the Mathematical Sciences Education Board, and the Ohio Mathematics Education Leadership Council. Gojak is also a member of TODOS: Mathematics for All and the Association of Mathematics Educators.

Among the honors that Gojak has received was the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching,—one of the nation’s highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. She was also awarded the Christofferson-Fawcett Award for Leadership in Mathematics Education from the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Gojak earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Miami University, and a master’s degree in education, with a K–8 mathematics endorsement, from Kent State University.

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is a public voice of mathematics education, providing vision, leadership, and professional development to support teachers in ensuring mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students. With more than 80,000 members and 230 Affiliates, NCTM is the world’s largest organization dedicated to improving mathematics education in prekindergarten through grade 12. The Council’s landmark Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, published in 2000, includes guidelines for excellence in mathematics education. Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics, released in 2006, identifies the most important mathematical topics for each grade level. Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making, released in 2009, suggests practical changes to the high school mathematics curriculum to refocus learning on reasoning and sense making.

Contact:  Tracy Withrow, twithrow@nctm.org, 703-620-9840, ext. 2189, Communications Manager, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

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