Teresa Talbot, math and algebra prep teacher at Bountiful Junior High, has been named Utah's Teacher of the Year in a contest sponsored by IBM through the magazine Classroom Computer Learning.
The 52 semifinalists in the contest, one from each state and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, were selected for their use of computer technology to enhance teaching methods. From the semifinalists, 12 regional finalists will be selected and the national winner will be chosen from among this group and announced June 17.Talbot has designed a computer program, which in essence makes the computer an electronic blackboard. By demonstrating math problems on her computer screen in front of a class of more than 30 students, she gives the entire class computer access. Talbot received her training in a program at Weber State College that was designed to help junior high and middle school teachers use computers to teach math.
According to Steve Cottrell, information and technology supervisor, Talbot is the kind of dedicated teacher who works not only with her own students but assists others to teach as well. For example, she has written a program for the Bountiful Junior High librarian to catalog books, and works with Chris Wahlquist at the district office to design programs for the gifted and talented.
Her prize as Utah's winner is an IBM computer for her classroom that is fully equipped.