The accolade validates the efforts I have put into my career thus far. Ten years ago, I began my career as a mathematics teacher and ever since then I have been working to create a love for mathematics with my students. This award shows my students that effort and a love of learning goes a long way. Although many think mathematics is just a subject in school, to me, it is a lifelong passion. To be accepted into this prestigious group is an honor and a highlight to my career.

Leslie Anson Millbrook, NY | K-6, Mathematics, 2020

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

Leslie Anson has been teaching at Millbrook Middle School since the start of her career 10 years ago. She has taught sixth grade mathematics, reading, and academic intervention as well as a seventh grade mathematics class. Leslie has taken on a very active role as a member of the community. As a trustee on the Millbrook Educational Foundation, she works on grant approvals to better teacher classrooms. Leslie is also a member on the Village of Millbrook Board of Trustees, acting as the liaison between the village and the school community. In the classroom, Leslie engages students using real-world mathematics. The classroom is centered around student discourse. Students work with each other to master skills within the curriculum learning that everyone can be a strong mathematics student. Outside of the classroom, Leslie maintains her dedication to helping her students learn. She has created Math Night at the local grocery store, Marona's Market, during which students learn to apply mathematics skills to their daily lives. Her students are all encouraged to come in for set times after school for extra help. Leslie also ensures to include parents in the students' learning, inviting them to join her class to explain the use of mathematics in future endeavors of life. Leslie earned a B.S. in education from University of Delaware and an M.S. in education from SUNY New Paltz. She is certified in first through sixth elementary education, students with disabilities, and fifth through ninth grade mathematics education.

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