The Presidential Award was one of the highlights of my career. It not only validated and acknowledged the teaching I was doing at the time, but it opened doors of influence that led to opportunities at the state and national level. Furthermore, it introduced me to one of the most vibrant mathematics communities around. The friends I made through the PAEMST award are still friends and colleagues today.
Diana Suddreth St. George, UT | 7-12, Mathematics, 2000
Diana Suddreth began her teaching career in 1981 at Rancho High School In Las Vegas. She taught mathematics at middle and high school levels for the next 25 years in Nevada, California, and Utah, including one year at the Intermountain Intertribal School in Brigham City, Utah. She won the PAEMST award in 2000 while teaching at Dixie Middle School in St. George, Utah, and then moved to Dixie High School for her final five years of teaching. In 2006, Diana joined the staff at the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) where she acted as a Title I specialist, secondary mathematics specialist, STEM coordinator, and Director of Teaching and Learning. She retired from that position in 2019. Diana continues her involvement in mathematics education by offering consulting services through Suddreth Consulting, where she has provided professional learning experiences for high school teachers and was the lead author on the WIDA connections for the Mathematics Vision Project. In addition to the PAEMST award, Diana was the recipient of several Utah awards and was a National Board Certified Teacher in Adolescent and Young Adult Mathematics. While at the USBE, she led the adoption of new standards in 2010, which converted Utah's classes from the standard model to an integrated approach. She served as the president of the Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics from 2014 to 2016 and continues her involvement on the board of that organization as the Coordinator of Sponsors. In addition, she has served on several advisory committees that support quality mathematics education and has been a presenter at local and national mathematics meetings. Diana earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Utah State University in 1980 and 1988 and has administrative and teaching licenses in Utah.
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