The legacy of past Awardees means the Award is both an honor and a challenge to make last year's innovation a part of my regular teaching routine and to innovate again. To listen to students more attentively – spot talents we both may have missed. To share lessons with colleagues, supporting each other and reaching more students. To question our assumptions about who does what mathematics and when. To advocate for meaningful mathematics in the educational community and society at large.

Ralph Pantozzi Summit, NJ | 7-12, Mathematics, 2017

The official biography below was current at the time of the award.

Ralph Pantozzi began his teaching career in 1992 at Hightstown High School, and for 19 years taught 6-12th-grade students and supervised instruction in the New Jersey schools. For the past eight years, he has served as a teacher and department chair at the Kent Place School and currently teaches 11-12th-grade Advanced Placement Calculus AB and Research in Advanced Mathematics. Early in his career, Ralph contributed to National Science Foundation-funded research projects, learning that listening attentively to students’ ideas is central to good teaching. In Ralph’s classrooms, students talk, investigate phenomena using physical objects and technological tools, pose questions, and choose their own mathematical adventures. Ralph advocates for learning environments where students and teachers construct knowledge together. Ralph is an active member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). He has worked to share inclusive and effective teaching practices through NCTM, as well as projects with Rutgers University, the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey, Key Curriculum Press, and the National Museum of Mathematics. Ralph earned a B.A. in mathematics from Rutgers College, and an Ed.M. and Ed.D. in mathematics education from Rutgers University. He is certified as 6-12 mathematics teacher and K-12 supervisor.