An award winning high school teacher is taking the fear out of math.

Soft SkillsAt Hickman High School, math is a language that is to be learned, and Deanna Wasman is making sure it is communicated in an engaging way.  She recently won a Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

“Deanna is a leader among her peers and an inspiration to everyone in our building,” said Hickman principal Eric Johnson in his recommendation letter for the award. “She gives of herself daily to ensure EVERY student that she comes in contact within our building feels loved, supported, and capable of success.”

For 18 years, Wasman has taught at Hickman.  She teaches college algebra, advanced placement calculus AB, and advanced placement calculus BC.  She was nominated for the award by a former student.

“I nominated her because I think she had a really positive impact on me,” said former student Alex Fratila. “She explains things really well, and you can tell she loves what she’s doing.”

Fratila needed confidence to attempt a computer science class, and found the encouragement from Wasman.  Eventually, that class led her to her current studies in computational molecular biology at Brown University.

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