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Booth Receives National Award
Posted On:
Tuesday, May 07, 2019
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Learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) recently announced that Dianne Booth, a Math 180 paraprofessional at Lake Hamilton Middle School, has been named one of only five recipients of the prestigious national 2019 180 Educator Awards. The awards, now in their 13th year, recognize educators across the United States who have helped advance the trajectory of their students’ progress in reading and math, fostering both personal and academic growth. 

Ms. Booth consistently goes above and beyond for her MATH 180 students. MATH 180 is an intervention program that uses adaptive technology to personalize student instruction and accelerate growth.

A passionate educator with a degree from the University of Central Arkansas and over 13 years of experience, Ms. Booth is dedicated to improving the self-efficacy of her students by offering reassurance and advice on choices they make in and out of the classroom. As a result, her students not only receive sound instruction on their academic progression, but also instruction on how to participate and work within the community. 

“Using my marketing background, I am able to apply MATH 180 strategies to professional situations and my own personal experiences,” said Ms. Booth. “We have challenging discussions and it is rewarding to see these eager, young minds comprehending the importance of preparing for their future. I strive to make a positive impact on my students not only in the classroom but in their everyday lives.” 

Ms. Booth takes great pride in monitoring her student’s success. When a student is falling behind, she works with them individually until they demonstrate an understanding of the concept. Ms. Booth urges students to come in before school or during lunch hour for more individualized instruction. 

“Ms. Booth always has a word of encouragement for each of her students every day and this support continues when they graduate from the MATH 180 program,” said Angie Gray, 6-12 Math Instructional Facilitator at the Lake Hamilton School District. “Our students know if they reach a certain Math Inventory score, they can switch from the MATH 180 class to another elective of their choice. Even when students obtain that score, many request to stay in the MATH 180 classroom because they are finally enjoying a math class, and that is attributed to Ms. Booth.” 

Ms. Booth will be an honorary guest at the 2019 Model Schools Conference in Washington, D.C. in June 2019, where an award ceremony will be held to recognize her achievements. She will also receive an additional library of HMH titles for her classroom that will be selected specifically for her students’ ages and reading levels.