Alhambra has 2 teachers recognized at TODOS-Mathematics for All National Conference

Posted by Community Relations at 8/20/2014

Alhambra’s Rachelle Rathburn is a success story, and her math teacher Kris Cunningham is a big reason why. Both were recognized at the TODOS-Mathematics for All National Conference in June in Chandler. 

Rathburn missed much of her sophomore year due to family illness, and had to take two math classes to catch up. She spent her lunch period making up work or getting ahead, and she maintained a B or higher in all of her courses. She plans to join the Navy once she graduates.

“I will use mathematics in my career choice of one of three jobs-aviation, cryptology technician or oceanographer. It shows how many careers use math every day. I am proud to say if I join the U.S. Navy fleet, I get to use my math knowledge,” Rathburn wrote.

“She deserves this award because she clearly demonstrates that hard work really does pay off.     I am honored to have her in my class and I look forward to following her successes in years to come. I know already that she will do great things and I hope her efforts in math help her along the way,” wrote Cunningham in her nomination letter.

TODOS, created by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM),  advocates for an equitable and high quality mathematics education for all students, in particular Latino/Hispanic students, by increasing the equity awareness of educators and their ability to foster students’ proficiency in rigorous and coherent mathematics.