Ashley Taglauer, a junior in the elementary education (mathematics) program at the Michigan State University College of Education, has been awarded a $1000 Miriam Schaefer scholarship from the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM). She is one of only three college students from the state to receive the award.
To apply for the scholarship, applicants must submit an application, essay, college transcripts and two letters of recommendation — one of which must come from a mathematics/mathematics education professor. In Taglauer’s case, it was professors John P. Smith and Dan Clark who recommended her.
During her time at MSU, Taglauer has demonstrated her commitment to teaching by joining the Strengthening Tomorrow’s Education in Measurement(STEM) team. With STEM, she learned about and researched several barriers that are present in elementary mathematics. Additionally, Taglauer has worked as a classroom volunteer in the Lansing area and her hometown. She is also a member of Kappa Delta Pi, a national honors society for educators.