Piqua teacher receives state award


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PIQUA — Piqua Central Intermediate School fourth grade math teacher Joyce Bostick has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 OCTM Miller/Werner Award. Given by the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics (OCTM), the award recognizes exemplary mathematics teaching to elementary teachers in each of its eight districts in Ohio.

The award is named after two leaders in the area of elementary mathematics. Myrtle Miller spent the majority of her teaching career at Prairie College Elementary in Canton, dedicating much of her time and energy to the advancement of the teaching of mathematics to elementary students. Sister Marijane Werner served as mathematics specialist for the Kent State University College of Education. She was a pioneer in research on the impact of calculators on mathematics education and recognized as an authority on metric systems.

Bostick has taught for Piqua City Schools for the past 21 years. teaching kindergarten, first grade, fourth grade and sixth grade prior to becoming a fourth grade math teacher. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Miami University, and her master’s in teacher leadership from Wright State University.

”I have watched Mrs. Bostick demonstrate strength and growth in this profession for the past 20 years. I have had the unique opportunity to work with Mrs. Bostick as a teacher/colleague, curriculum director, superintendent, and most importantly, as a parent of twin daughters currently in her math class,” Superintendent Dwayne Thompson said.

“Over the years I have worked with Mrs. Bostick, she has exemplified powerful leadership among her peers. You would be hard-pressed to find a more suitable candidate than Mrs. Bostick for this award.”

Bostick will receive her award at a banquet on Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Columbus Convention Center during OCTM’s Annual Conference.

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