Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCTM) presented two awards to members of the Cobb Mathematics Department. The two recipients were Dr. Miranda Westbrook and Vinita Prasad.
Each year, the Georgia Math Conference hosted by GCTM, presents awards to deserving individuals that support mathematics. The 2020 Dwight Love Award was presented to Vinita Prasad, District Title 1 Mathematics Coach. The Georgia Math Conference 2020 Bill E. Bombart award was presented to Dr. Miranda Westbrook, Professional Learning Specialist K-5 Mathematics.
The Dwight Love Award is presented to a teacher in Georgia who meets the following criteria:
- models excellence in the profession and in life,
- gives much to others beyond the classroom as mentor, teacher, and leader
- is a member of GCTM
- is a master teacher
- is professionally active
- promotes GCTM and its mission
Recipient, Vinita Prasad has been an educator for 20 years. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and Spanish from Albright College in 2000. She holds a master’s degree in Business Administration and Leadership from John Hopkins University. Her Specialists Degree from Georgia State was in Curriculum and Instruction. Mrs. Prasad has been an instructor for the Elementary Mathematics Endorsement in Cobb County. She has presented at several local and state conferences. Mrs. Prasad is currently the K-12 Title 1 District Mathematics Coach.
The Bill E. Bombart Award is presented to a Mathematics Support Professional in Georgia who meets the following criteria:
- is an employee of a school system
- serves in a role to support mathematics teachers in instruction and student learning
- serves as an inspirer, a mentor, and a supporter of mathematics and mathematics education
- is professionally active in education
Recipient, Dr. Miranda Westbrook has been an educator for 16 years. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia in 2004. She holds a Master of Education Degree in Middle Grades Education from the University of North Georgia and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Mercer University. She is working towards her Tier 1 Leadership Certification through the University of West Georgia. Dr. Westbrook has 10 years of experience teaching students at the elementary level. She is currently the K-5 Mathematics Professional Learning Specialist for the Cobb County School District where she provides support to teachers and administrators on content and standards. Her professional learning sessions focus on building a strong foundation in mathematics through conceptual understanding, number sense, fluency, best practices, and technology integration. Dr. Westbrook has presented at multiple conferences and has served as an instructor for the elementary mathematics endorsement.
Michelle Mikes, Supervisor