Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Dr. Elaine Young

An Outstanding Islander

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Making Math Fun
Dr. Elaine Young is constantly searching for new angles to get teachers, parents and their children hooked on the fun and creative discipline of math. An associate professor of mathematics, she has come up with fresh ideas to teach math concepts through the use of fraction towers (pictured), Easter eggs, oversized manipulatives and math on the playground. Young, who joined the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi faculty in 2003 from the University of Oklahoma, says she prefers to incorporate hands-on activities in the classroom. Young is the recipient of the spring 2010 Texas A&M University System Teaching Excellence Award and the 2010 Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics Leadership Award.  In her time here, she has worked with many colleagues across campus on the Faculty Renaissance Center committee and on the advisory board of the Governor’s Academy for Teaching Excellence (GATE). Young was named the first president of the Coastal Council of Teachers of Mathematics (CCTM), and served on the committee that started the annual “ME by the SEa” mathematics and science education conference on campus. Presently, she is the CCTM Webmaster and SMTE coordinator for Science, Math and Technology Education. Along with science educator Dr. Cherie McCullough, she piloted Family Math and Family Science Nights in area elementary, junior high and high schools beginning in 2006 through an National Science Foundation initiative. The purpose is for preservice teachers to interact with parents and children before they become teachers. Other spin-off events include Math Fiestas and Math Survivor, based on the CBS television series. In all, Young has received more than $500,000 in Teacher Quality Grants through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, to help existing math teachers become more effective. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators.

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