April 23, 2014

Kathryn M. Kubota-Zarivnij first recipient of the Margaret Sinclair Memorial Award

February 21, 2013, TORONTO – Kathryn M. Kubota-Zarivnij has been selected as the first recipient of the Margaret Sinclair Memorial Award. Through her roles as a teacher, teacher educator, curriculum designer, principal, consultant, professional development leader, and executive member/co-editor for OAME Ms. Kubota-Zarivnij has left a legacy, shaping curriculum and policy, inspiring learners and teachers, and leading one of the largest teacher specialist groups in Canada.

The Margaret Sinclair Memorial Award recognizes an educator in Canada who has demonstrated innovation and excellence in promoting mathematics education at the elementary, secondary, college or university level. Candidates for the award show an enthusiasm for enhancing the learning environment and novel ways of teaching mathematics. They also provide an opportunity for students to experience mathematics in a significant way, serve as a role model for other teachers, and have had an inspirational influence on students and/or colleagues.

Throughout her career, Ms. Kubota-Zarivnij has demonstrated positive and strong leadership, helping implement changes in mathematical education grounded in thorough research. One of her nominators wrote that “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.”

Ms. Kubota-Zarivnij’s innovation provides students with rich learning opportunities, actively engaging them in mathematics in thoughtful and significant ways. Through collaboration she creates authentic learning opportunities for teachers that help them experience and explore novel methods for teaching mathematics. As a mathematics educator, her progressive thinking and dedication to fostering engaging and creative mathematics education is reflective of Dr. Margaret Sinclair.

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