When I found out that a student nominated me for this prestigious award, I was thrilled. To be a recipient is such an honor. I am grateful for the students and colleagues who have challenged me through my journey in this profession and for the family and friends who have supported me along the way. This recognition serves as an inspiration for me to continue to share my passion for mathematics, challenge myself professionally, and make a positive impact on students and their mathematical learning.

Deanna Wasman Columbia, MO | 7-12, Mathematics, 2015

Deanna Wasman has taught mathematics at David H. Hickman High School for 17 years. She currently teaches College Algebra, Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB, and AP Calculus BC to students in grades 9–12. In designing a lesson, Deanna’s guiding question is, “Who is doing the mathematics?” She strives to empower students to create their own conjectures and see themselves, and their peers, as experts. Deanna has served on a variety of building and district committees. Under her leadership, Hickman’s AP Study Group was able to open access to all AP courses and add three new AP courses. Since 2008, she has participated in the AP Calculus Reading as both a Reader and Table Leader. Deanna has been a Mu Alpha Theta sponsor for 11 years, and has recently been elected to serve on its National Governing Council. Deanna was the recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Senior High Educator Award for Columbia Public Schools. She has also received the Teacher Recognition Award of the United States Presidential Scholars Program, the Yale University Educator Award, and the Stanford University Teaching Award. Deanna earned a B.S.Ed., summa cum laude, in mathematics from Missouri State University. Deanna also received a M.A. in mathematics and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is certified in grades 7–12 mathematics and grades K–12 Latin.