Dear Colleagues and Friends,
I am excited and honored to serve as your FCTM President for the years of 2020 and 2021. Since 1966, FCTM has endeavored to enhance the math education of students by supporting the professional development and amplifying the voice of Florida’s math educators. I look forward to continuing this storied tradition over the next two years in partnership with our FCTM Board of Directors and dedicated FCTM members like you.
As we enter a new year, I am thankful for FCTM’s impact throughout 2019. It was certainly a year to remember! It was inspiring to see so many of you engage and collaborate through multiple FCTM initiatives:
- 2019 FCTM Annual Conference – Over 850 of you joined us in Jacksonville for a phenomenal three days of challenging and uplifting networking and math professional development.
- Virtual Conference Attendance – The 2019 annual conference featured our first virtual attendance option which allowed math educators around the country to engage in learning in the comfort of their own home or school. We’re excited to continue this option for our 2020 annual conference.
- Renee Henry Leadership Conference – Affiliate leaders from across the state gathered in September to brainstorm creative ways to serve their members.
- Grants – Many of you took advantage of our FCTM grant opportunities and FCTM was able to support multiple math educators as they implemented new initiatives or attended their first annual conference.
- Board Nominations – We also had an increase in interest from our members to serve on the FCTM Board, leading to new Board Members with creative ideas and fresh perspectives.
- Standards Feedback – As Florida continues the process of revising its math standards, several of you have provided valuable input to state leaders regarding standard language and content.
I would like to thank our immediate past president, Diana Snider, our 2019 FCTM Board members, our Annual Conference Committee and other Special Committee members for their time, passion, and creativity for bringing all of this to fruition.
Moving forward, I’m excited to continue looking for ways to improve our products and services to assist as you take your next step in your math leadership journey. In that effort, our board is pursuing the following goals this year
- Enhance communication to our members (and future members) through analyzing and revising (when appropriate) our Social Media, Website, Publications and Marketing approaches.
- Explore and implement additional professional development opportunities for teachers (Webinars, Twitterchats, book studies, etc.).
- Increase awareness of and access to NCTM instructional resources.
- Work with FLDOE to disseminate information regarding Florida’s new math standards implementation.
Thank you for being a devoted math educator and choosing a career that invests in the lives of students. Florida’s future is brighter thanks to your continued efforts and we look forward to partnering with you soon. Please know we are open to your suggestions, questions and concerns, and I hope that you will reach out to me in the coming year. I look forward to seeing you at this year’s events and appreciate your support of FCTM!
Jeffery Baugus serves as the Coordinator of K-12 Mathematics and Science for the Santa Rosa County School District. He previously taught for nine years as middle school teacher in a variety of roles, from Algebra 1 Honors to Intensive math classes. During this time, he was recognized as Santa Rosa County’s Teacher of the Year, spent time in curricular design, and developed virtual math manipulatives for secondary math students. He is active with local, state, and national organizations as a Past-President of the Santa Rosa County Council of Teachers of Mathematics, recent presenter at FCTM, NCTM, and ASCD conferences, and through past service as a FCTM board member. Jeffery lives in Milton, Florida with his lovely wife, Lauren, and their three budding mathematicians, Madeline, Audrey, and David.