Teaching and learning mathematics has always been my passion. I have been fortunate to have crossed paths with multiple outstanding educators who have been instrumental in my pursuit to seek excellence in mathematics education. This award inspires me to continue to seek out best practices for my students and implement them with intention. This award provides the springboard needed to enter my third decade of teaching students and supporting colleagues. May we always be lifelong learners.

Margaret Acree Monroe, LA | 7-12, Mathematics, 2019

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

Margaret Acree has been a mathematics teacher for 19 years, teaching for three years at Deering High School, one year at Burlington-Edison High School, two years at North Whidbey Middle School, and the last 13 years at Sterlington High School. She currently teaches Algebra II, Precalculus, and Calculus to 10th-12th grade students. Margaret has also taught sixth through eighth grade mathematics, including geometry and various levels of algebra. Margaret's teaching career has been characterized by identifying and learning about the best instructional practices that foster successful mathematics in her students. She is not afraid to implement new strategies and/or curriculum that result in a deep conceptual understanding of mathematics for her students. She utilizes activities such as discussion groups and open-ended prompts that result in a more student-led classroom. Margaret promotes excellence in mathematics education working with colleagues throughout the school, district, state, and nation. She serves as Department Head in her school, and in a number of capacities at the district level that include leading in-services, textbook adoption and alignment committees, and new initiatives. She presents at conferences sponsored by the Louisiana Association for Teachers of Mathematics (LATM) and the Southern Region Education Board (SREB). Margaret has reviewed 9–12 mathematics curriculum for the Louisiana Department of Education and is currently a content reviewer for 9–12 mathematics curriculum with EdReports.org. Margaret earned a B.S. in mathematics and a M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in gifted education, from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. These degrees resulted in her certification in 6–12 mathematics with a K–12 gifted endorsement.