Darlyn J. Counihan

Title: Mathematics Educator

Location: Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

Darlyn Counihan, Mathematics Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in mathematics.

Ms. Counihan was inspired to go into her profession due to her experiences of growing up poor. At an early, it was recognized that she was gifted with math, and she decided when she was only in the second grade that she would become a teacher. Ms. Counihan knew education was her best path out of poverty, and she wanted to do something that would inspire kids and help raise themselves out of their own destitution. What has ensued is a career where she was able to help students achieve their goals for more than three decades.

In her own academic pursuits, Ms. Counihan first earned an AB from Hood College in 1970 and later received a Master of Arts from the institution in 1982. After receiving the associate’s degree, she continued with postgraduate coursework at the University of Maryland. Upon earning the degree, she became a teacher at the Cabin John Junior High School in Montgomery County, MD in 1970. She remained at the institution for five years, then joining the faculty at Takoma Park Junior High School as a mathematics resource teacher. From 1977 to 1981, she provided these services to Ridgeview Junior High School. From 1982 to 1984, Ms. Counihan taught the subject at Kennedy High School. In 1984, she returned to Takoma as a magnet mathematics teacher and math team coach until her retirement in 2000.

As a testament to her hard work and contributions, Ms. Counihan considers her nomination and being awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching in 1990 as a point of immense pride. For this award, many of her former students wrote letters endorsing her for it. In addition to this accolade, she has also received a Woman in Education Award, a David W. Taylor Award from Sigma Xi, an Albert Shanker Award and an Edyth May Sliffe Award from the Mathematics Association of America. From 1971 to 1972, and again in 1990 and 1992, Ms. Counihan was a grantee of the National Science Foundation. In her career, Ms. Counihan co-authored a geometry textbook and contributed to ‘Descarte’s Cove,’ a 6-8th grade mathematics game for computers.

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