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Marilyn K. Petersen (TX '00)


At the time of the Award, Marilyn K. Petersen was:

La Porte Junior High School
La Porte, TX

Subject(s) taught: Mathematics
Grade(s): 7, 8

Biographical Information

Four years ago, math teacher and department chair Marilyn Petersen created a class for eighth-grade students at LaPorte Junior High School in LaPorte who were having difficulties with the math portion of the TAAS. Since then, she has transformed LaPorte from a school with low math scores to one with the highest passing rate on the TAAS math test in the district for a secondary campus (92 percent). Mrs. Petersen tailors lessons to meet individual needs and uses hands-on activities and manipulatives to increase math learning. She is a mentor to new and student teachers, serves on her school's Campus Performance Objective Committee, and is developing a math teaching video for use in the district.