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CRMSE News: Nadine Bezuk Honored by AMTE  

Dear Colleagues,

On Thursday evening, January 27, 2011, Nadine Bezuk was honored by the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE). In recognition of Nadine's extraordinary contributions to the organization over the past two decades, AMTE changed the name of the Excellence in Service Award to the Nadine Bezuk Excellence in Leadership and Service Award.  Furthermore, the organization made a special inaugural award of the Nadine Bezuk Excellence in Leadership and Service award to Nadine Bezuk.

This came as a surprise to Nadine. Below is a photo of the deserving recipient holding her beautiful trophy. Also, I pasted what the AMTE president said about Nadine when granting the award. This was a special moment for Nadine, for AMTE, for her colleagues, and for SDSU.

Take care,
-Randy

Nadine Bezuk

Nadine Bezuk accepts AMTE award

Nadine Bezuk is the San Diego State University Qualcomm Professor of Mathematics Education. Nadine came from a small town near Pittsburgh, and she was the first in her family to go to college, getting an academic scholarship through the steel mill that her father worked at for 30 years. Nadine's father even tried to learn some of the mathematics that Nadine would be studying at an early age so that he could help her in school. So one of her first models of a mathematics educator was her father!

Since 1987, when Nadine, her husband Steve, and their son, Peter, came to San Diego, Nadine has become an educational leader who has served extensively from the local to the national levels. Nadine has served as the chair of the School of Teacher Education and she is currently the Associate Director of SDSU's Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education.

Nadine's professional work includes extensive university/community partnerships. One example is her service as co-director of the Professional Development Collaborative (PDC), which has partnered with 7 school districts over the past decade on large professional development projects. This work has directly affected more than 2000 teachers. At the core of this work are two mathematics specialist certificates that Nadine helped design. For 2 years, elementary-school teachers engage in an integrated series of courses that deepen their knowledge of mathematics and mathematics teaching.

Her work at the state level is also extensive. Nadine is always willing to serve on panels, for example, most recently she served as part of the advisory panel that made recommendations for California's recently adopted math specialist certificate and credential. She also helped to found the California Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, or CAMTE, and she served as president.

And an example of her national service is her work for AMTE, for which she served as treasurer from 1994-1996, as president-elect and president from 1996-1999, as NCTM Representative starting in 1999, and as Executive Director for the last 10 years! She has now served 17 consecutive years on the AMTE board, attending meetings, participating in monthly calls, and being available on a day-to-day basis to help. Furthermore, those of us who have worked with her know that Nadine has one of the fastest e-mail guns in the West; no question remains unanswered long, that is, unless she is watching her beloved Pittsburgh Steelers!

Nadine Bezuk is thought of by those with whom she works as professional, thoughtful, dependable, efficient, collaborative, and perhaps most of all, kind and supportive. Those who work closely with her also realize that she can engage in complex, problem-solving discussions on various committees, while knitting!