Wednesday, May 03, 2000

Math teacher recognized nationally

Mount Healthy educator awarded

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MOUNT HEALTHY — Local and state officials already knew that Mount Healthy High School's Mary Jo Doebling is one of the best math instructors in the area.

        But on Tuesday, the veteran teacher, whose talents have twice earned her both public and private honors, was recognized nationally.

        President Clinton awarded Mrs. Doebling and 200 other teachers from across the country the 1999 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

        It is the nation's highest honor for elementary and secondary math teachers and is administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House.

        Mount Healthy City Schools Superintendent Dave Horine encouraged Mrs. Doebling to apply for the award. She was also recommended by Lorenzo Belcher, her supervisor, Erica Black, a former student, and Mount Healthy High School Principal Carey Owens.

        “She is a pioneer, a leader, and a very dedicated individual,” Principal Owens said. “She is a master teacher. I hold her up as a model.”

        In June, Mrs. Doebling will spend four days in Washington, D.C. where she'll attend an awards dinner and other information exchanging events. She has also earned her school $7,500 that can be used to buy additional math supplies.

        “I think I'll probably buy more calculators and computers,” she said.

        The award didn't take her by surprise. Last June, she learned she was a state finalist.

        Though pleased, Mrs. Doebling, who started her career 29 years ago in Wheaton, Ill., says she has more to accomplish.

        “To me (this award) still means that I have to go back into the classroom and continue to do a good job. I've become more creative and inventive after 29 years. Every day is a new day. There are thousands of challenges to be faced,” she said.

        Her previous honors include the 1998 Buck Martin Award administered by the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics, an Outstanding Secondary Mathematics Classroom Teacher for 1998, and she was also named one of 100 outstanding Math and Science teachers by Tandy Corp.


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