November 27, 2015


The Margaret Sinclair Memorial Award
Recognizing Innovation and Excellence in Mathematics Education

2013 Award
Ms. Kathryn M. Kubota-Zarivnij
is the first recipient of the Margaret Sinclair Memorial Award for innovation and excellence in promoting mathematics education. Ms Kubota-Zarivnij was the unanimous choice of the members of the jury; the extensive range of her contributions in mathematics education in Canada stood out among the excellent nominees for the award. Included in the roles she has fulfilled in mathematics education in Ontario and Canada are: teacher, teacher educator, curriculum designer, principal of an elementary MST school, consultant, professional development leader, executive member/co-editor for OAME..

Though those roles she has left a legacy shaping curriculum and policy, inspiring learners and teachers and leading one of the largest teacher specialist groups in Canada. Without doubt Ms. Kubota-Zarivnij has had a profound influence on teachers, learners and mathematics curriculum.

When considering her many achievements, one of the nominators wrote: Kathy is an inspirational and influential role model for students, teachers, and colleagues alike. Her innovation in the field of mathematics provides students with rich learning opportunities to actively engage in and experience mathematics in thoughtful and significant ways. Through collaboration Kathy creates authentic learning opportunities for teachers that allow them to experience and explore novel methods for teaching mathematics. Kathy knows how to lead you outside of your comfort zone to evolve from learner to mentor. Her dedication to researching, designing and educating others about effective mathematics teaching and learning practices for students, teachers and administrators is unparalleled. Kathy Kubota-Zarivnij's progressive thinking and dedication to fostering engaging and creative mathematics education is indeed reflective of Dr. Margaret Sinclair as a mathematics educator.

Throughout her career, Ms. Kubota-Zarivnij has demonstrated positive and strong leadership, helping to implement changes in mathematical education grounded in thorough research. ‘’From principal to math study group facilitator to her current role as TCDSB math coordinator, Kathy continually demonstrates an unwavering commitment to developing innovation and excellence in the area of mathematics education.’’

It is particularly rewarding to note that Ms Kubota-Zarivnij pursued her PhD studies under the supervisory guidance of Dr Margaret Sinclair and shared Dr Sinclair’s vision for a rich and engaging mathematic education.
Press Release for 2013 Award