Ellen Hilgoe, pictured here with ECU Mathematics Chair Johannes Hattingh, is the 2017 recipient of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics Innovator Award.
November 16, 2016
associate director of the N.C. Early Mathematics Placement Testing Program (N.C.
EMPT) housed at East Carolina University, is receiving local and national
attention for her work in preparing high school students for college-level
“N.C. EMPT helps
strengthen ECU’s mission to reach out and offer early intervention to not only
the high school students in the eastern part of the state, but statewide and
across state lines,” said Hilgoe.
In October, Hilgoe
received national recognition for the program, when she was selected to present
a session on “N.C. Early Mathematics Placement Testing Program: A Looking Glass
into College Math Readiness,” at the National Council of Teachers of
Mathematics Conference held in Orlando, Florida.
the conference mentioned in opening sessions that they received hundreds of
applications to present.
“I was so
fortunate to be chosen,” said Hilgoe. “Spreading the word about N.C. EMPT in my
presentation to mathematics educators from more than 10 southern states, as
well as others across our nation, was an opportunity to share N.C. EMPT’s
accomplishments, highlight ECU’s name, emphasize North Carolina’s dedication to
mathematically preparing its youth for their futures and to proudly assert that
N.C. EMPT is the largest EMPT program in the nation.”
conference, Hilgoe also has received local acknowledgement and honors.
On Nov. 2, she
was presented with the 2017 North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Innovator Award. Hilgoe received the award at the council’s 47th annual conference
celebration in Greensboro.
event, the council stated, “North Carolina mathematics education is
fortunate to call this innovator one of our own.”
wonderful to be recognized at the state level by the N.C. Council of Teachers
of Mathematics,” said Hilgoe. “With more than three-quarters of a million
students served, we continue to strive to provide each participant with a
reality check of readiness for college-level math and the motivation to
maintain strong math skills.”
The N.C. EMPT
Program recently completed its 20th year of service to all North
Carolina public and non-public high schools. For more information visit http://www.ncempt.org.