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WSC Mathematics Education Alumna Receives Distinguished Service Award

Published Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Terri Jelinek '78
Terri Jelinek, a 1978 WSC alumna, accepts the Don Miller Distinguished Service Award from Deb Romanek, math director for the Nebraska Department of Education.

Terri Jelinek '78 received the Don Miller Distinguished Service Award in September.

The Nebraska Association of Teachers of Mathematics (NATM) honored Wayne State College alumna Terri Jelinek ‘78 with the Don Miller Distinguished Service Award in September.

The NATM established the Don Miller Distinguished Service Award in 1989. Its purpose is to honor mathematics educators for their contribution to the improvement of mathematics education in the state of Nebraska.

Candidates for the award must meet the following criteria: be directly involved in mathematics education in the state of Nebraska; be active members of the NATM and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; demonstrate leadership in the promotion of mathematics as a science and a field of study; demonstrate outstanding teaching; demonstrate leadership in the development and implementation of new teaching strategies and technology for the teaching of mathematics.

Jelinek has served in two positions on the NATM board. She was the public relations representative in 2004-2005 and secretary in 2006-2007. She brings her expertise, especially in geometry, to the mathematics standards revision and Nebraska State Accountability math item writing. She continues to be an active learner involved in many statewide programs like Project Shine, Math in Nebraska Businesses, and Nebraska Mathematics Professional Development Series. She cohosts a math camp for students on the Central Community College campus in Columbus during the summer. Over the years she has provided multiple workshops for her peers at local schools, ESUs, and state and national conferences. She was the 1993 Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching for Nebraska.

Jelinek also received WSC’s Outstanding Alumni Award for the School of Natural and Social Sciences in 2002. The Outstanding Alumni Award is given annually to an alumnus from each of the four schools during Homecoming.

Jelinek holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Wayne State. She majored in mathematics education and minored in business education.

Wayne State College, a leading, public four-year college located in northeast Nebraska, is a proud member of the Nebraska State College System.