## Award for Irish Teachers of Mathematics

##### The Award for Irish Teachers of Mathematics 2018-2019

##### Sunday, 26th May 2019 in Aula Maxima, University College Cork

2019 WINNER (left)

Sarah Tallon from St. Leo’s College,

Old Dublin Road, Carlow.

2019 RUNNER-UP (right)

Breda Disney from Patrician Secondary School, Newbridge, Co. Kildare.

Pictured here with sponsor Frank Kenny of the Frank Kenny fund for the Community Foundation for Ireland.

The 2018-2019 award is also supported by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) through its SFI Discover programme #believeinscience.

Michael Moynihan, CPD-coordinator of IMTA, handed the trophy and plaques to winner Sarah Tallon and runner-up Breda Disney. A special plaque for life-time activity was offered posthumously to Eileen O'Grady. Received by her daughter Anne O'Grady.

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Diplomas of Excellence were awarded to finalists Eoghan O'Leary from Hamilton High School, Bandon, Co Cork; David McEvoy from St. Mary’s Secondary School Edenderry, Derek Maher from Holy Family Community School, Kilteel Road, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin and Colm Kenny from Manor House School, Raheny, Dublin 5.

## Previous editions

David McEvoy is the Maths Support Centre Project Lead in the school – This centre is a place for students to come and ask any question on all the mathematics material they have covered in class or as part of their own independent work. He is also Lead Coordinator on Mathematical based competitions in the school.

“Mr Kenny had a talent when it came to explaining new concepts. He would always delve deeper, to a point where we could reach a proper understanding. As someone who always looked for understanding over learning by heart, this was appreciated so much… He always encouraged us to try, fail, learn from it and try again. Maths class was very much a positive learning environment. Challenging but engaging, it was a class I looked forward to, one in which I was never bored.” (from principal’s letter)

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Adresses by Prof. Stephen Buckley, MRIA and IMT director; Dr. Tom Carroll, UCC and IMS vp and Dr. Bernd Kreussler, MIC, chair of the IMT

The Master of Ceremony Prof. Stephen Buckley, Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Maynooth University, MRIA, and first Chair of the IMT

Unique about the activities of the IMT is their connection to the most

prestigious international maths competition for school students, the IMO.

Of the 30 mathematicians who received the Fields Medal between 1990 and 2018,

15 were former participants of the IMO. Some people consider the Fields Medal

to be the Nobel Prize for mathematics.

Today you will be able to get an idea of how it felt to be among

hundreds of mathematically interested school students from all over the globe.

Participation in our activities is free for the students

and, as shown on screen, we reach out to an audience as broad as possible in

order to get a wide and tall pyramid.

This would not be possible without close working ties with teachers, without

the work of tens of volunteers from the third level sector, and last but not

the least without our sponsors, whose support is essential for sustaining the

breath of our activities.

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Superb musical interludes by young award-winning musician - mathematicians Alison Riordan from UCC and Archie Connolly from Rice College, Ennis, followed by inspiring olympiad stories by Laura Cosgrave from Midleton Community School and Tianyiwa Xie from Alexandra College.

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Two lovely surprises by maths olympian Sarah Lane and her friends Alison, Susie, Amelia and Meave from the Joan Denise Moriarty School of Dance, and a fantastic group of university staff including two mathematicians - Kieran Mulchrone and Martin Killian from the School of Mathematical Sciences, UCC - and an engineer - Michael Coughlan, CIT .