Company: Springfield School District
Location: Springfield, Vermont, United States
Joanne Kraft, Teacher at Springfield School District, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education.
Ms. Kraft served her community as a dedicated teacher with Riverside Middle School in Springfield School District from 1981 to 2020, specializing in mathematics instruction. With her aid, Riverside implemented the Connected Mathematics Project, an inquiry-based mathematics program for Grades 6 through 8 that helps students actively focus on math problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, representation, and connections, whose practices require students to look deeper and connect problem solving to practical situations. Working for the Math Counts program from 1988 until the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Ms. Kraft was able to bring some of her students to national competitions.
Ms. Kraft’s professional memberships include the National Education Association, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Vermont Council of Teachers of Mathematics. After initially obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Houghton College in New York in 1980, she later continued her education with a master’s degree from Antioch New England Graduate School, now Antioch University, in 1988.
According to Ms. Kraft, she became involved in her profession mainly because of her love for children. Her experience as a camp counselor also ignited her interest in teaching and she was additionally inspired by her own teachers in high school. Ms. Kraft attributes a lot of her success to having strong working relationships with her colleagues. At Springfield School District, she cites the school’s superior administration that encouraged everyone to collaborate and work as a team.
Having recently announced her retirement, Ms. Kraft intends to do some traveling in the coming years. She has found several letters sent by her father during World War II and hopes to find a publisher to release them in book form.
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