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Connie is a math teacher and department chair at Washington High School, Washington, MO having taught all levels of math from PreAlgebra through AP Calculus as well as Dual Credit classes. She also serves as an adjunct instructor for East Central College, Union, MO. Connie has taken the initiative to incorporate stimulating technology classes into the high school math curriculum to better prepare students for STEM related careers. She introduced Computer Programming to Washington High School in 1978 with two Apple IIs, a thermal printer and BASIC. Two years ago, Connie paired up with the Industrial Technology teacher and together they developed and began team teaching an Introduction to Engineering and Design class. In her math, computer programming and engineering classes, she has always made it a point to encourage girls to enroll. She is convinced that students can acquire the necessary skills, but developing confidence, especially in girls, is the key to their success in STEM courses. A young lady in one of her classes recently confirmed her convictions saying, “Thanks for believing in me. Because of you, I have decided to major in math.” Connie approaches teaching with enthusiasm and passion striving to develop problem solvers capable of using technology as an effective tool. Connie has coached numerous Scholar Bowl, Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering and Computer Programming teams to first place finishes at both the local and state levels. She co-sponsors the WHS Chapter of Mu Alpha Theta and is a member of NCTM, CSTA, MAA and the American Statistical Association. She holds a BA in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science along with a BS in Education from the University of Missouri and a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics from Webster University. Connie has received the WINGS Foundation Award for Educational Excellence, the Phi Theta Kappa Mentor Award, the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award, the Aspirations in Computing Educator Award, Mathematics Educators of Greater St Louis Teacher of the Year and designation as a National Science Foundation Institute Fellow. Outside of school, life for Connie is all about family. She enjoys the outdoors, solving puzzles and collecting kaleidoscopes.