Matthew McBurney ’16 (BSEd Secondary Mathematics Education, BS Mathematics/Applied Track) is the recipient of the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics New Teacher Award.
The purpose of the award is to recognize promising, beginning teachers of
mathematics so that they will be encouraged to remain in the
profession. McBurney (shown here with
Joanne Kinsey, awards chair for PCTM) was nominated by Janet Walker of the Mathematics Department. Walker notes McBurney’s professionalism and the quickness with which he took on leadership roles both inside and outside of the classroom.
McBurney is a mathematics and physics teacher at South Side Area High School in Hookstown, Beaver County. His principal, Anthony Paull, confirms Walker’s observations: “In a very short period of time, he has established himself as an extremely valuable asset and key to our success as a school. He is a great role model whose kindness, sincerity, humor, wit, intellect, enthusiasm, and genuine desire to teach and assist students in learning all shines through in his daily interactions with students and staff alike.”
Matt became certified in physics education during his first year at South Side so that the school could continue to offer physics. He has also received approval to teach Advanced Placement Statistics. Matt is also active as a member of the Student Assistance Program, the school district technology council, and coordinated the lighting and sound for the school musical.
Matt McBurney is an outstanding example of an early career teacher.