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Theiss Educator Recognized for First in Math Gaming

Theiss Educator Recognized for First in Math Gaming

Instructional Specialist David Leith earned the Dr. Lola J. May Award from First in Math (FIM) this summer.

FIM is a learning tool that “builds the M in STEM” – Math! This is done through interactive mathematical games. The Dr. Lola J. May award goes to the educator who earns the most stickers (points) by playing FIM games. 

“I wanted to learn all the games so that I could be a role model, and I got hooked on the learning experience right along with my students,” Leith said. “I am especially enthused by how FIM enables so many students to meaningfully learn and apply math above their grade-level expectations.”

While in the physical classroom, Leith was able to engage his students in the learning process so well because he, too, was well-versed in the FIM world! But he didn’t stop there.

“As a teacher, I’m always looking for ways to motivate and teach students,” he said. “When our school buildings closed, I tried to maintain the passion for learning by tweeting and emailing teachers about the school’s progress, and I mailed physical certificates of achievement to students who earned 5,000 stickers and 10,000 stickers while we were doing at-home learning.”

Leith is thrilled to be recognized for this achievement, as it shows he truly modeled the persistence necessary to master math skills and earn stickers. He knows his students benefited from his dedication, and that is the real win. 

“Mr. Leith is extremely intelligent and always looks for ways to make learning fun and engaging for our students,” Theiss principal JoAnn Keenan said. “Not to mention, he is a master at breaking down math so all students make progress.”


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