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October 14, 2003
Teaching Math Equals National Recognition
Springfield, IL - For Kelly Wamser, choosing a career was
no problem. She knew she wanted to teach and since math was
her passion it was easy as 1, 2, 3.
Now in her ninth year as a math teacher at OFallon
Township High School, Wamser has never wavered in her commitment
to helping students learn. She has completed her Masters
Degree and created numerous programs designed to foster learning.
efforts were well rewarded on Tuesday when she was presented
with the Milken National Educator Award. Wamser is one of
two Illinois teachers receiving the prestigious award which
is given annually to teachers demonstrating exemplary teaching
skills and personal commitment to education. Each winner receives
$25,000 from Milken Family Foundation, which they can use
for any purpose.
Wamser is described by her colleagues as a teacher who recognizes
and understands the different learning needs of students.
She uses techniques that engage her students and make the
subject come to life for them. By designing lessons that incorporate
a variety of ways to apply the mathematical skills they have
learned, students are able to see how math principles play
a role in many daily activities and careers.
In addition, Wamser works closely with her colleagues and
parents to continuously improve her own teaching and learning.
She has also visited Japan as an ambassador for education
to exchange ideas and teaching strategies with educators in
Wamsers boundless enthusiasm and positive attitude
have earned her the respect of students, colleagues, parents,
and administrators throughout the district. She is credited
with improved assessment scores in mathematics.
A motivated educator, Wamser never stops looking for ways
to help students. She authors grants, researches successful
strategies and implements techniques that she believes will
ultimately achieve her goalhelping all students
Illinois other Milken recipient is Carolyn Baider,
a special education teacher at Walter R. Sundling Junior High
School in Palatine.
This year, 100 teachers in 47 states and the District of
Columbia will receive Milken awards. To date, the Milken Family
Foundation has honored almost 2,000 teachers, distributing
more than $47 million in awards.