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VandeWeghe, math educator at SHS, earns regional award
Sequim High School math teacher Jorn (Joe) VandeWeghe has been selected as a recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Mathematics Education Award by the Washington State Mathematics Council and the Olympic Educational Service District 114.
VandeWeghe was commended for his contribution to mathematics education in the Olympic region and for making a difference in the lives of his students. He will be presented with his award on May 20 during a regional math educator event in Poulsbo.
Sequim High School principal Shawn Langston said, “Congratulations to Mr. VandeWeghe for a very well-deserved honor! In his short time at SHS, Joe VandeWeghe has made a significant impact on our Mathematics Department. He has a strong desire to be the best possible teacher he can be and spends countless hours outside of his regular day to benefit the students in his classroom.”
Joe VandeWeghe was nominated by fellow Sequim High School math teacher Brian Berg, who serves as a secondary level professional development coordinator for the district. Berg recounted in his nomination letter how VandeWeghe procured funding through grants for a remote student response system and a Mimio projector with interactive white board to use with students in all his classes.
VandeWeghe records his lessons on an ongoing basis, and then posts the lessons so students who are absent can access them at home.
Berg told about a math class VandeWeghe taught during summer school in 2013 that allowed students who had failed Algebra or Geometry to obtain credit, and allowed students to accelerate through Geometry to Algebra 2 so they could take Calculus in high school.
Berg said, “In the four years Joe has taught at Sequim High School, he has been a leader in implementing new technology in our district. In short, Joe is one of the most innovative, risk-taking teachers I have ever seen.”
At the April 7 school board meeting, VandeWeghe gave a follow-up report on the summer math classes. Student representative Joseph Landoni, a senior at Sequim High School, thanked VandeWeghe for his passion for teaching and for how he helped him in math class.