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March 6, 2013

Methuen math teacher earns prestigious award

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Moore’s supervisors said she has been a key part of expanding the AP program over the last few years, and puts in extra effort after school and during the summers to support her students.

”About this time every year we go through course enrollment with students, and she encourages them all to take calculus,” Harb said. “It’s definitely a difficult course, but she gives them tremendous support and encouragement to select the course.”

Julie Ward, the high school math department coordinator, said her success with students, beyond recruitment, lies in breaking down a complex subject like calculus into its smaller parts, and then building it back into the whole.

“She can capture the big ideas,” Ward said. “The reason students experience great success is she’s able to break it apart and put it back together.”

The award is part of Mass Insight Education’s Mass Math + Science Initiative, which seeks to improve math and science performance around the state and to encourage enrollment in AP courses, which follow a national curriculum and are recognized by most colleges and universities. Passing grades in an AP course and exam can translate to college credit.

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