Davidson teacher wins state math award

Monday, Oct. 25, 2010 1:08 PM
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A veteran Richmond County public school math teacher has won a statewide award.

Susan Craig, who teaches Advanced Placement calculus part time at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School, was presented the Gladys M. Thomason Award during a state mathematics conference last week, the Richmond County School System announced today.

Craig has worked in the district for more than 30 years. The award is based on her dedication to improving math instruction and is the highest honor given by the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the district said in a news release.

In 1985, she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics for the state of Georgia.

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MysteryWriter
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MysteryWriter 10/25/10 - 01:11 pm
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Congratulations, Ms. Craig.

Congratulations, Ms. Craig. A well deserved honor!

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crackertroy 10/25/10 - 04:44 pm
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Not to take away from Susan
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Not to take away from Susan Craig's distinction as a fine math teacher BUT why give an award to a teacher who teaches at a school where students would learn math no matter who the teacher is? Why not reward the teacher who's been teaching math to kids who could care less about anything or give the award to math teachers who are faced wtih the challenge of motivating the unmotivatable? No, this is not the way education works under NCLB. Teachers at low performing schools are sometimes fired because they are not able to motivate students much less teach them anything.

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AutumnLeaves 10/25/10 - 05:02 pm
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Congratulations, Susan. You

Congratulations, Susan. You deserve the award. I know that for a fact. You taught my children (Davidson students) and you taught many of my classmates (not Davidson students, nor a magnet school). crackertroy can..., nevermind, you can probably guess.

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alumna 10/25/10 - 06:02 pm
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crackertroy, Ms. Craig taught

crackertroy, Ms. Craig taught at Glenn Hills High School for many years and at Laney before that. She then went on to motivate the sometimes unmotivatable Math teacher populus. Her students are no different from the other students at other public schools, other than the fact that they have teachers who are motivated to engage them and hold them accountable. Perhaps learning your facts before making asinine comments will make you look, well, less asinine.

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lylagirl 10/25/10 - 07:22 pm
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Congrats Ms. Craig!!!!!!!

Congrats Ms. Craig!!!!!!!

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crackertroy 10/25/10 - 08:30 pm
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Again, certainly Craig is a
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Again, certainly Craig is a fine Math teacher. "Her students are no different from the other students at other public schools" HA! and you call my comments asinine. It's just a shame that there is no system of reward for teachers who have to be more creative to improve math instruction when you're working with students who are not motivated. Obviously if you have not spent time in a public school classroom you wouldn't know the difference.

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augnewsgirl09 10/25/10 - 09:21 pm
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I made one of the highest

I made one of the highest grades on the AP Calculus Exam because of Ms. Craig. Davidson or no Davidson, she is an exceptional teacher. Congrats, Ms. Craig!!! The award is well deserved!

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younameit 10/25/10 - 10:00 pm
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From the article and

From the article and comments, this appears to be recognition for a career of excellence and achievement (in contrast to winning a Nobel Peace prize after 12 days in office). Looks like she taught in every school environment - from inner city to elite; trained other teachers; was recognized by President Reagan 25 years ago; and is now honored by her peers statewide. Maybe somebody at the RCBOE should record and implement her ideas about how to effectively teach children. You think?

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Rozzie2003 10/25/10 - 11:44 pm
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Congratulations Ms. Craig,

Congratulations Ms. Craig, and thanks for teaching my children
mathematics. A couple of them majored in mathematics in college because of you.God Bless!!

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alumna 10/26/10 - 08:27 am
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Having personally taught in

Having personally taught in Augusta's public schools in the department of Mathematics, I can speak to Ms. Craig's creativity and devotion to bringing the most up-to-date instruction methods to the classroom. She tirelessly seeks out new ways to introduce the curriculum material, engage her students, hold them accountable and give them the best opportunity for success-- and she has done this at every school where she has taught, not just Davidson. The several hundred Glenn Hills High School graduates who were taught by her from 1972 until 1988 will gladly attest to this assessment, I'm sure.

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ron_rlw 10/26/10 - 04:15 pm
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Great job Mrs.

Great job Mrs. Craig!

crackertroy - The students may be more motivated at Davidson, but they are still just students from all sections of Richmond County. They are more motivated because the teachers and other students expect and demand them to do good.

And yes Mrs. Craig expects her students to do well, and most of the time her students lives up to her expectations.

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