At the Randolph County Vocational Technical Center in Elkins, Kenna Barger teaches algebra, geometry and trigonometry using a program called M-PACT (Mathematics with Purpose, Application, Context, and Technology / Mathematics through Parents, Administration, Community, and Teachers) that links mathematical concepts and learning objectives with career goals. Ms. Barger's mentoring programs reinforce math learning and emphasize its relevance. Project "Give-Back," for instance, matches each of her students with an elementary student to illustrate and enliven math concepts, while her "Math Mentoring" project pairs each student with an adult in a given career and demonstrates the importance of math competency in that profession. A nationally recognized presenter in math education, Ms. Barger is involved with the High Schools That Work program and Project MERIT. Among her distinctions, she has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
1991 West Virginia University - Elkins, B.S.