BOONE—Dr. Deborah A. Crocker of Appalachian State University has received the W. W. Rankin Memorial Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education. The award was presented by the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) at its 42nd Annual State Mathematics Conference held in Greensboro Oct. 25-26. The Rankin Award is the highest honor that NCCTM can bestow upon an individual.
Crocker is a professor in Appalachian’s Department of Mathematics. She joined the faculty at Appalachian in 1995. She holds a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, and her bachelor and master’s degrees from Appalachian.
According to an NCCTM release, Crocker was recognized as a tireless and effective mathematics educator and for her more than 30 years of service to the profession. As an expert in using graphing calculators, programming, and computers to enhance mathematics instruction, and through her publications and workshops, she has helped mathematics teachers in North Carolina make effective use of 21st century technologies.
Crocker was praised for her “singular focus on improving the education experiences of mathematics students by assisting both pre-service and in-service teachers in improving their practice…demonstrates her untiring devotion to helping improve mathematics education in North Carolina.”
Crocker has authored numerous scholarly publications and has presented or co-presented more than 100 sessions and workshops at NCCTM and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) meetings.
Crocker is known for her outstanding service to the state through her contributions to NCCTM, for which she has served in numerous leadership positions, including NCCTM regional president, annual conference chair, NCCTM representative to NCTM caucuses and delegate Assembly, co-editor of the NCCTM publication, the Centroid and president-elect of NCCTM.
NCCTM is the professional organization in North Carolina of all persons responsible for the teaching of mathematics. Its membership includes teachers from all levels, kindergarten through graduate school, and other professionals who work with curriculum and materials for the teaching of mathematics.