WINTERSVILLE - Cathy DiBenedetto's hard work and commitment to the Indian Creek Local School District has paid off when she received the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics East District Award for Outstanding Elementary Classroom Teacher.
A former fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade teacher at Wayne Elementary, DiBenedetto is responsible for eighth-grade mathematics at the middle school.
According to Hills Elementary Principal Cecilia Fritz, DiBenedetto has shown strong commitment to her students by making her math classes exciting and stimulating.
HONORED — Indian Creek Middle School eighth-grade math teacher Cathy DiBenedetto, left, has received the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics East District Award for Outstanding Elementary Classroom Teacher. She was recognized Thursday at the monthly school board meeting. Also on hand for the recognition was Cecilia Fritz, Hills Elementary School principal. - Jess Looman
"She engages the students by using music, hands-on activities, the Internet and smart boards," Fritz explained. "Her lessons go beyond the classroom setting and are made usable in the everyday lives of the students. They go beyond simple math skills and incorporate reading and literacy.
"She not only engages students, but she engages faculty as well by participating in the whole faculty study groups each month," Fritz added. "These study groups bring the mathematics staff together to discuss different methods of teaching and improve the overall curriculum of the district."
DiBenedetto said that she prepares rich lessons that help students become more critical thinkers.
"I think that it is very important for math teachers and students to talk and hear math vocabulary on a daily basis," she stated. "Sometimes we do not give students enough credit. They need to realize that math is all around us and they need to use their math skills and knowledge in every class."
DiBenedetto said her favorite lessons include, "Shopping at the Class Store," "Life in a Geometric Town" and "Bubble Data."
"I really want to thank Mrs. Fritz for nominating me as well," she added. "Thank you also to the board for giving me the opportunity to enhance my teaching skills and better engage the students in different modalities."
DiBenedetto was one of eight teachers across the state to receive the award.