Instructor of Mathematics Julie Kolb was elected president of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM), the professional organization in the state for those who teach mathematics. Kolb, who has been a member of NCCTM since 1985, began her two-year term on April 28.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to influence the math curriculum in the state of North Carolina and to help teachers transition to a more inclusive way of teaching mathematics,” said Kolb. “In addition to planning two leadership seminars and the annual meeting of the organization for teachers of kindergarten through college, I have the opportunity to interact with students K-12 as they participate in activities organized by NCCTM, which includes math fairs and mathematics contests.”
Kolb taught secondary mathematics in the Wake County School System for more than 30 years before joining Meredith’s faculty. She was honored as Wake County Teacher of the Year in 1993, earned National Board Certification in 1998, and received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) in 2000.
“Being president of NCCTM enables me to provide students with an example of a professional role model – especially in a STEM field,” said Kolb. “It is important that these women have an instructor who is a leader in her field at the state and national level. I think that knowing a woman in a leadership position enables young women to envision themselves as leaders in their chosen field of study.”
Since joining NCCTM, Kolb has served as president-elect, secondary vice president, eastern region president, secretary, and parliamentarian. She holds bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and mathematics education and a master’s degree in mathematics education from North Carolina State University
“Having faculty who are interested in and willing to provide leadership for professional organizations ensures that Meredith is active and influential in the development of policy and agendas,” said Liz Wolfinger, dean of the School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences. “The result is that Meredith students are being taught by faculty who are respected by their peers and in their professions.”
With nearly 1,900 members, NCCTM is a nonprofit organization with a membership that includes teachers from all levels, kindergarten through graduate school, as well as other professionals who work with materials and curriculum for the teaching of mathematics. In addition to conferences that provide professional development for teachers, NCCTM awards grants to teachers for classroom supplies and activities, as well as scholarships to teachers pursuing advanced degrees.