Dear FCTM Members,
I’m writing this letter to you on the heels of an amazing NCTM Regional Conference that was held October 18-20th in Orlando, Florida. I’m so proud of the work that FCTM did in creating an incredible conference experience for the nearly 2,000 educators who joined us from around the world.
Along with the hundreds of sessions with presenters from across the globe, we were excited to honor Dr. Richard Austin, the 2017 Kenneth Kidd Mathematics Educator of the Year. Please join me in celebrating Dr. Austin’s enormous and astonishing body of work in mathematics education!
As FCTM continues to move forward, I’m both saddened and excited to let you know that my two-year term as your president will end on December 31, 2017. On January 1, 2018, you’ve elected Diana Snider to serve as your 2018-2019 FCTM president. I’m so excited to be a part of all the remarkable things Diana will do during her term.
As my time as your president ends, I’ve found myself reflecting on the incredible work our organization has done and continues to do around the state of Florida. What follows is a small portion of the things we’ve accomplished as an organization and I’m honored to have been a part of the incredible teams that made it all happen.
- Developed and disseminated Florida Standards presentations by grade band
- Increased membership both in overall number and percentage of growth as compared to other state and national organizations
- Launched a new and revamped website where membership can be renewed online, elections can be held, and conference registration can completed in one space
- Created and officially adopted a new logo
- Moved our Board of Directors elections to an online process
- Updated and approved our Constitution and By Laws
- Updated and approved our Conference Committee Guidelines
- Drafted, shared, and posted our official Algebra I position statement
- Planned and hosted the 2017 NCTM Regional Conference in Orlando, Florida
- Supported the formation of new affiliate groups including those in Hernando, St. Johns, and a reboot in Manatee County
I share all these with you, our members, to ensure transparency so that you all are aware of how the Board of Directors is serving you and your colleagues across the state. I do hope you’ll join me in a sense of pride in what our community of mathematics educators has accomplished.
This has been an incredible two years serving as your president, and I am so very grateful for opportunity to lead this organization. As I transition to your Past-President, if I can be of any service to you or your districts, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Zachary Champagne is an Assistant in Research at the Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (FCR-STEM). He previously taught for thirteen years as an elementary school teacher with a specialization in math and science. During this time, he received many state and national awards for excellence in teaching, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, Duval County Teacher of the Year, and Finalist for Macy’s Florida Teacher of the Year. Zachary is very active with local, state, and national organizations as a founding member and Past-President of the Duval Elementary Mathematics Council (DEMC), Past-President of the Florida Mathematics Presidential Awardees Association (FMPAA), and long time Board member of the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics (FCTM). He is also serving on the editorial board of Teaching Children Mathematics, an elementary mathematics journal published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).