S.L. math teacher wins presidential award

Published: Thursday, July 5 2012 11:42 a.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah teacher has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Vivian Shell, who teaches at the Salt Lake Center for Science Education, is one of 97 mathematics and science teachers in the country named by President Barack Obama as awardees.

Shell has taught middle and high school mathematics in the Salt Lake City School District for 15 years. She has spent the past four years at the Salt Lake Center for Science Education, teaching and helping build a school for diverse learners. Previously, she taught pre-algebra, algebra, and ESL math at Northwest Middle School. During a sabbatical, she worked to help students transition from middle to high school.

Shell has implemented support structures such as Girls Math Club, a Math in the City project, Math Lab, and an after-school homework hall.

Shell’s belief in collaboration has led to work with several learning communities, including cross-curricular teams, networks for inclusive practices and curriculum design teams. She is a mentor for new teachers in the Alternative Route to Teaching program with Math for America.

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