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Patrick Taylor Academy Math Teacher Wins Statewide Recognition

AngelaGuthrie-bannerPatrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy teacher Angela Guthrie was recently honored with the 2014 Outstanding High School Teacher of Mathematics Award from the Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics (LATM).

Guthrie, who teaches pre-Algebra, Algebra I, and Geometry, began her teaching career at Taylor six years ago while simultaneously completing her master’s degree in education from the University of New Orleans. She currently serves as the head of the mathematics department at Taylor and has also trained faculty on the use of technology and interactive learning in classrooms.

“Ms. Guthrie models exemplary teaching throughout the school year,” said Principal Jaime Zapico, who wrote a letter of support for Guthrie. “Not only does she possess strong content knowledge in her field, but she also realizes the importance of continuous learning.”

Colleague Karen Butler also provided a letter of support for Guthrie’s nomination, highlighting Guthrie’s ability to captivate student interest and promote student involvement in mathematics through various projects. “Although she came to Taylor as a first year teacher, I learned a lot from Ms. Guthrie,” wrote Butler. “Her dedication is evident in her lessons and teaching methods, which are designed and selected to promote greater thinking and understanding.”

Guthrie is one of three educators in Louisiana selected for the Outstanding Teacher of Mathematics Award by LATM, which honors one teacher every year from the elementary, middle, and high school levels. In addition to her master’s degree, Guthrie holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Orleans.