I’m no math whiz, so when I read this past spring that not just one, but two student teams from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) had placed in the top three in the ninth annual Moody’s Mega Math Challenge – out of more than 1,200 high schools – I was mighty impressed. So, I put in a phone call to Dr. Dan Teague, team coach and a math instructor at the school since 1982. When Teague told me that the students were preparing for exams and commencement and would not be available for a Rotary Club presentation, I asked him if we could regroup this fall.
And regroup we did. Teague has plenty of accolades on his résumé, including numerous honors such as the UNC Board of Governor’s Award, the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the W.W. Rankin Award, the highest honor given by the NC Council of Teachers of Mathematics. He recently completed a two-year term as second vice president of the Mathematical Association of America, the only high school teacher ever elected to the Association’s Executive Committee.