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Prof Receives Award from Mathematics Association

Makoto Yoshida, president of the Association of the Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey, presenting the Max Sobel Award to Agnes Azzolino.

Agnes Azzolino, assistant professor of mathematics at the College, was recently presented the Max Sobel Award for Outstanding Service and Leadership in Mathematics Education from the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey (AMTNJ).

AMTNJ is a community of people interested in the learning and teaching of mathematics. It provides scholarships and grants, facilitates communication between members, and recognizes leaders in the field. It was founded in 1914 and has presented the Sobel award for 27 years.

Professor Azzolino received the award in recognition of her publications, her service in leadership capacities in professional organizations, and her years of teaching. She was president for AMTNJ from 2002-2003.

She started out as a high school teacher, and during that time, was introduced to the Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges of New Jersey (MATYCNJ), the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC), the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), and its state affiliate, MAA-NJ. She has held leadership positions with these organizations and has written numerous papers and publications for them.

Her best-known contribution to mathematics education is best-seller “Mathematics and Humor,” edited by her, Linda Silvey and Barnabas Hughes and published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Her books, “Exploring Functions through the Use of Manipulatives,” “Math Games for Adult and Child,” “Math Spoken Here!” “The Hundreds Board,” and “Term Tiles & Tokens,” are found free on her website, mccfaculty.com/AAzzolino/mcc.htm, under the MathNStuff link.

In 1997, Professor Azzolino was the recipient of the AMATYC Award for Teaching Excellence.

“I’m proud and honored to have received that award, as well as the Max Sobel Award, but I’m most proud of the growth of the thousands of students and teachers I’ve influenced,” she said.