KPS Mathematics Chair Wins Prestigious Teaching Prize

Dr. Pantozzi (right) pictured with Saul Rosenthal, creator of the Rosenthal Prize at MoMath. Credits: National Museum of Mathematics

SUMMIT, NJ - Dr. Ralph Pantozzi, mathematics department chair at Kent Place School, has won the National Museum of Mathematics’s (MoMath) 2014 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching.

The Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching was created in 2012 to “demonstrate to the education profession and the general public that innovative math teaching exists and can successfully reach the middle grades.”  The national search for lessons is designed to “encourage innovation and incorporation of hands-on methods” in mathematics teaching.

Dr. Pantozzi, selected as the 2014 winner for his for his 7th grade lesson, Random Walk, was honored at the Museum and received a monetary award.

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“Seeing our girls deeply engaged in mathematical questions and discussions during and after the lesson was its own reward - but I was thrilled to learn that this lesson won the Rosenthal Prize,” stated Pantozzi.  “I look to innovate in the math classroom in ways that let students’ questions lead the way - and that’s what our girls did. I am excited that this kind of innovation will be promoted around the country by the Museum of Mathematics.”

MoMath will share and replicate Pantozzi’s lesson in classrooms across the country.

“Ralph’s leadership of the department has always included putting theory into action,” added Kent Place Director of Studies, Julie Gentile. “To win the Rosenthal Prize, Ralph demonstrated in one lesson, the inquiry, enthusiasm for mathematics and expertise that he shares with his students and colleagues at Kent Place on a daily basis. I am thrilled that he has been recognized in this significant way for the work he is always inspired to do.”

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