Congratulations to Lebanon Trail High School math teacher Daniel Lowe who was awarded the 2020 Edyth May Sliffe Award for Distinguished Mathematics Teaching.
The Mathematical Association of America American Mathematics Competitions (MAA AMC) awards this honor annually to teachers across the country who have done outstanding work to motivate students through math competitions.
Lowe has been teaching for more than 16 years and started at Lebanon Trail in the 2019-20 school year as a pre-calculus and AP math teacher.
“I enjoy helping the students learn and discover their math abilities that go beyond what might happen in the classroom,” Lowe said. “Mathematics is all about how you approach situations and thoughtful analysis which can be applied in multiple areas.”
Students at Lebanon Trail know that if they have an interest in math, Lowe can help point them in the right direction to explore math just for the fun of it.
“I try my best to make something abstract more concrete and approachable,” Lowe said. “I want to help support students in their interest to do math competitions and explore math further.”
Lowe encourages students to pursue mathematical training outside the classroom through math clubs, coaching students and providing extra mathematical training materials. These efforts and much more made him a clear choice for the award.
“Mr. Lowe is an innovative teacher who is always looking for creative ways to engage his students and allow opportunities for them to apply the skills they are learning through meaningful, effective activities,” said Lebanon Trail Principal Jacob Duce. “He strives to provide quality feedback to both students and stakeholders to ensure everything is a learning opportunity.”
While Lowe is appreciative of the award, he insists that it is the students who deserve the recognition.
“This award is a testament to the awesome students here at LTHS, like Champers Fu and Sanat Kumar who helped in the organization of the AMC,” Lowe said. “I’m thankful that they trust me to guide them in finding the joy in math as they expand their learning.”
Sliffe award winners have each received a cash prize and free registration, housing and travel expenses to MAA MathFest in Sacramento, CA, Aug. 4-7, 2021. The annual conference features the latest in mathematics education and research and draws mathematicians from across the country.