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IMSA Teacher Begins Two-Year Term as President of Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM)

IMSA Mathematics Faculty Member Dr. Don Porzio of Batavia recently began his two-year term as President of the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) following his election by members of the state organization.

IMSA Mathematics Faculty Member Dr. Don Porzio

ICTM was organized in 1949 with the purpose of encouraging active interest in all areas of mathematics and mathematics education, to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics and the role of mathematics in other disciplines, to promote research in the teaching and learning of mathematics, and to provide opportunities for the exchange of views regarding the teaching and learning of mathematics.

Dr. Porzio, who is in his 14th year of teaching mathematics at IMSA, said his primary goal as ICTM president is to increase membership to the organization.

"One way I hope to do this is to work with the Board and members of ICTM to make our web site the "go to" place for mathematics teachers and teacher trainers in Illinois," Dr. Porzio said. "To this end, we already have created an ICTM YouTube channel (ictmmedia) where you can find video of the ICTM pre-conference keynote address by IMSA charter mathematics faculty member Sue Eddins," he added. "More is on the way," promises Porzio.

At IMSA, Dr. Porzio currently teaches Geometry, BC Calculus 1 and Discrete Mathematics. In addition, he teaches mathematics during IMSA's summer Excel program and has coached the IMSA chess team since 2001.  

During the 2010-11 school year, Dr. Porzio served as president of the Metropolitan Mathematics Club of Chicago (MMC), one of the oldest mathematics teacher organizations in the U.S. and the first organization to be chartered as an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

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