Math teacher Gregory Macklem uses a full range of instructional techniques to reach all levels of students in his math classes at Elkhart Memorial High School in Elkhart. These strategies include large- and small-group discussions, lab-style activities, technology, real-world examples and cooperative learning. The number of upper-level math courses at Elkhart has proliferated since Mr. Macklem began teaching, and a Discrete Mathematics elective he created has seen a fivefold increase in enrollment. He is the head coach of the Academic Decathlon team, which recently ranked second in the state. Mr. Macklem has been trained by the Indiana Professional Standards Board to score new teacher portfolios and recently received a grant to travel to Europe to study the origins of math.
1993 University of Michigan, B.S.