Chevy Chase, MD
2006 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching
Each year the President of the U.S. recognizes outstanding K-12 science
and math teachers throughout the country. One math and one science
educator is chosen from each state who exemplifies deep content
knowledge combined with the ability to motivate students in science and
Meredith Adelfio believes that mathematics should stimulate inquiry and curiosity and be fun, so she regularly teaches her students using creative, out-of-the-box activities. Crazy Cakes, for example, is a game that teaches students about fractions by using different shapes. “Because I am a visual thinker, geometry always gets my blood rushing and I love when I can find an activity, like Crazy Cakes, that gets my students enjoying geometry as much as I do,” she said. Adelfio, who describes her teaching style as nurturing, encourages her students to trust their own thinking, strategies, and learning styles.
My goal is to provide my students with quality teaching and the confidence they need to succeed in mathematics. I am constantly assessing my teaching and using new materials and different techniques to improve my craft. Over the years I think I have grown as a teacher, and I hope I will always continue to grow.