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National Math Council Honors Malloy with Lifetime Achievement Award

Reston, Va., May 15, 2013—The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) recently named Carol E. Malloy as a recipient of the Mathematics Education Trust (MET) Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics Education. This award honors those who over a career have contributed significantly to mathematics education through their leadership, teaching, and service at the national level. Since the award’s inception in 1994, MET has honored 45 individuals. The list reads like a “Who’s Who” of the mathematics education world. 

Carol Malloy has been a voice and a leader in mathematics education throughout her groundbreaking career. For more than four decades, the mathematics education community has felt her strong presence as a role model and an exemplar of the power of sincerity, grace, persistence, and action.

Following her retirement from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, Malloy has continued to be actively involved in NCTM. She has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to mathematics education, and has extensive experience as a mathematics teacher at the middle school, high school, and university levels in urban school districts.

In 2008, Malloy was selected to present the first annual Iris Carl M. Equity Address. Her talk, “Celebrating the Legacy of Iris Carl through Our Practice,” was a highlight of the NCTM Annual Meeting that year. Throughout her career, Malloy has worked to address the inequities that African American, Latino, and Native American students face in learning mathematics. Malloy’s vision is for every mathematics educator to provide African American students with full access to high-quality mathematics education for success in the classroom and society.

“Dr. Malloy challenged me to think more deeply and critically about mathematics and the teaching of mathematics,” recalled one nominator. “She has a way of pushing and stretching you intellectually to a point where you are amazed at your own growth as a scholar and thinker.”

Malloy has served on the NCTM Board of Directors, edited NCTM Yearbooks, reviewed journal manuscripts, written journal articles, served on committees, given countless presentations, and been elected president of the Benjamin Banneker Association, an NCTM Affiliate. Her countless contributions to NCTM publications are noteworthy and include serving on the writing team for Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. “Whatever she wrote about in NCTM journals and publications, and other journals in our field, she never lost the perspective of the classroom teacher. She always pushes her audience, but does so with the respect and appreciation for the challenges of classroom teaching.”

Malloy’s impact as a phenomenal teacher and mentor has been recognized by others. In 2010, she was awarded the first annual UNC–Chapel Hill School of Education Black Alumni Impact Award. Malloy is currently serving as a lead author for Glencoe/McGraw-Hill K–12 school mathematics programs.

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is the 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 80,000 members and more than 200 Affiliates, NCTM is the world’s largest organization dedicated to improving mathematics education in prekindergarten through grade 12. The Council’s Principles and Standards for School Mathematics includes guidelines for excellence in mathematics education. Its Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics: A Quest for Coherence, released in 2006, identifies the most important mathematical topics for each grade level. Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making advocates practical changes to the high school mathematics curriculum to refocus learning on reasoning and sense making. NCTM is dedicated to ongoing dialogue and constructive discussion with all stakeholders about what is best for our nation’s students.

Media contact: Tracy Withrow, Communications Manager,, (703) 620-9840, ext. 2189.


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