Title: Teacher (Retired)
Company: Albuquerque Public Schools
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Susan A. Gardenhire, a Retired Teacher at Albuquerque Public Schools, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of mathematics education.
Specialized in mathematics, Ms. Gardenhire provided more than two and a half decades of professional experience to her role as a teacher on behalf of seventh grade to senior-level students at Albuquerque Public Schools prior to her retirement from the field. Lauded for her generosity and ability to help students with many diverse subjects, she likewise volunteered as a tutor in her area of expertise, and for the Literacy Volunteers of America during the course of her career. Additionally, Ms. Gardenhire served as a member of a competition task force for the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, a scorer for Mathcounts competitions and on the state committee for the development of New Mexico course content standards.
Drawing inspiration from the example of her parents, who were both teachers in their own right, Ms. Gardenhire initially pursued her studies in English at the University of New Mexico, from which she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1966. Following this accomplishment, she proceeded to earn a Master of Arts two years later. Well regarded for her subsequent feats in the field, Ms. Gardenhire was notably recognized by the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics in 1984 and was nominated for a Presidential Award by the state of New Mexico.
A consummate professional, Ms. Gardenhire distinguished herself as a member of several organizations relevant to her field. Among them, she served as the president of a mathematics and science group based in New Mexico, the director of the New Mexico State Mathematics Coalition Project and a state representative for the New Mexico Alliance for Science Education. Additionally, Ms. Gardenhire is a member of the honorable society of Phi Delta Kappa.
Though she has since retired, Ms. Gardenhire continues to mentor students as a mathematics tutor and proudly does so without monetary compensation. She has delighted in maintain contact with many of her former students and is very proud to have served as the chairperson of her department during her period of employment. In accounting for her standout success, Ms. Gardenhire credits the joy she has found in learning, even while she teaches.
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