Gavin ’72 Honored with Distinguished Alumnae Award
May 12, 2011
Katherine Gavin '72 was presented with Emmanuel College's Distinguished Alumnae Award in recognition of her outstanding vision, commitment and achievement in the field of education. Gavin accepted her award as part of the Education Department's "Celebrate Teaching" event held in the Fenway Room on May 11th.
Gavin is internationally known for her work in the area of gifted and talented mathematics education. After graduating from Emmanuel with a major in mathematics, she taught middle and high school mathematics for over a decade in Illinois and Connecticut. She earned her master's degree in supervision and administration from Loyola College and her Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Connecticut, where she is currently an associate professor in the Neag Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development.
Gavin has been the principle investigator and project director on a five-year multi-million dollar NSF Grant, Project M2: Maturing Mathematicians. She has developed mathematics curricula and materials for gifted and talented mathematics students in elementary and middle school grades and has been widely published in journals such as The Journal of Research in Mathematics Education, Gifted Child Quarterly, and Gifted Education International. For the past seven years, Gavin has been an award recipient from the National Association for Gifted Children for her scholarship and leadership in the field.
As part of the ceremony, the Education Department also recognized the 2011 inductees into the Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society: Trang Dong '11, Kaitleen Gillis '11, Megan Harrington '11, Michelle Keane '11, Brianna Lively '11, Ashley Lutter '11, Lindsay Miskunas '11, MacKenzie Moynihan '11, Autumn Ohegyi '11, Jessica Robinson '11, Erin Tucker '11 and Allisyn Young '11.