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2021 Math Teacher of the Year
2021 Math Teacher of the Year
Posted on 05/11/2021
On Friday, BCS math educators surprised Math Teacher of the Year Gillian Tart-Snyder, who teaches seventh-graders at A.C. Reynolds Middle School (ACRMS).By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

On Friday, BCS math educators surprised Math Teacher of the Year Gillian Tart-Snyder, who teaches seventh-graders at A.C. Reynolds Middle School (ACRMS).

They walked into her classroom with flowers, balloons, a special plaque, and party props. When BCS mathematics specialist Stefanie Buckner Hill announced the accolade, Ms. Tart-Snyder’s students cheered and clapped. They had a lot of nice things to say about her too!

“What I love about this class is, if somebody’s not learning the right answer after trying multiple times, Ms. Tart explains it in a way that’s good for your own learning, in a way you can understand,” one student said.

“She always is there for you and always changes it up,” said another student. “She makes it fun.”

BCS math coaches voted unanimously to select Ms. Tart-Snyder for the annual recognition, which alternates between elementary and secondary teachers.

“I’m shocked,” Ms. Tart-Snyder said after the surprise. “My students have been amazing during this weird year. And it’s heartwarming to hear them say what my class means to them. I was kind of speechless.”

ACRMS Assistant Principal Cathy Haughney called Ms. Tart-Snyder a “dynamic teacher who goes above and beyond in every aspect of her position.”

“Ms. Tart is a lifelong learner who seeks opportunities for growth at every corner,” Ms. Haughney said. “Her students are highly engaged, and you can literally see the connections being made as you observe the classroom in motion. She does not focus on the answer, but rather, solution pathways. Ms. Tart gives effective and efficient feedback to challenge and honor her students’ thinking.”

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