On June 11, 2012, the White House announced the winners of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Among the 97 awardees of this prestigious award is Karla Digmann of Dubuque. Karla earned her B.S. in mathematics and teacher education, magna cum laude, from Loras College in 1999. In addition, in 2005 she got an M.A. in teaching middle school mathematics from the University of Northern Iowa.
Karla is currently an eight-grade mathematics teacher at the George Washington Middle School, in Dubuque, IA, where she has been teaching mathematics for the past ten years. She is also the coordinator of a mathematics club and coaches the school’s MathCounts team. Prior to her current position, Karla has taught both middle school and high school mathematics in
Preston and in Dyersville, IA.
At George Washington Middle School, Karla has taken leadership in implementing the middle school mathematics curriculum, incorporating technology into the classroom, and developing common assessments. In addition, she has led a variety of training sessions for in-service teachers. Karla is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Karla values her UNI experience: “I really need to give the UNI program credit for much of my success. I grew so much as a teacher during my master's program. All the classes gave me something to think about and try in my classroom. It really helped develop my teaching.”