Eight years ago, I moved to Montana. When we left, Texas, I also left behind all of the teachers across the state that I had gotten to know. There were the teachers that I had taught with, the teachers I had supervised during their preservice teacher program, the teachers that I worked with in grant projects, and so on. I knew not one single mathematics teacher in the entire state of Montana when I moved here. The first thing I did when I moved here was to join MCTM. In those first few years here in Montana, I met exceptional teachers through MCTM. These new friends introduced me to the world of one room school houses and to cross country skiing. They taught me to pronounce Ronan and Helena like I was a native Montanan. I find that even after all this time as a member, I am still meeting new friends and learning new things because I am an MCTM member. Two weeks ago, I had an opportunity to spend time with MCTM members at the inaugural M Cubed conference. It was absolutely the most fun way to spend my last week of vacation. I learned about Desmos activity builder, found a new twist on one of my favorite M&M activities, learned how to use TweetDeck during an edchat, and learned a new grouping strategy. I got great ideas that I am implementing in my own classroom this fall.
I feel blessed to count myself a friend to many exceptional mathematics teachers across the state. Eight years ago, joining MCTM changed my
professional journey. Now, I can't imagine my life without it.
Wishing you a happy start to this school year
Hilary Risser, MCTM President