Teachers of Mathematics Honor Fritz

Bill FritzWilliam Fritz, Ph.D., an associate professor of teacher education at Northwest Christian University, has been awarded the Oregon Council of Teachers of Mathematics (OCTM) Area Recognition Award for his leadership and service in the mathematics education community.

“It is an honor to receive this award,” said Fritz. “OCTM is a top tier organization designed to support quality math instruction. Our NCU students have appreciated our affiliation with OCTM through Math Circles where we meet together with community teachers, solve problems, and discuss instructional implications. We look forward to ongoing cooperation.”

Diane Ray and Theresa Hilkey, OCTM Area 6 leaders say, “With great honor, we recognize William Fritz, a professor at Northwest Christian University, for his contributions to mathematics in Lane County. Bill is building relationships and working closely with our secondary schools to find and collaborate with mentor teachers. He has supported our local Math Circles and conversations by attending and bringing college students to participate. His goal for next year is to start our first College Math Circle in the state of Oregon to continue to promote math curiosity and growth.“

Dr. Fritz teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses for NCU students who are studying to become mathematics teachers, teaches educational research classes, and also supervises internships for prospective teachers. Fritz also teaches mathematics classes to undergraduate students at NCU.

“Dr. Fritz is a dedicated educator who is passionate about forming the next generation of math teachers,” said Kathy Ditommaso Owen, Associate Dean of NCU’s teacher education program. “He is a valued member of the NCU faculty. We are so pleased that he his sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for math with NCU’s teacher education students and those studying in other disciplines.”

Fritz completed a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership in 2015 at Northwest Nazarene University, has a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Seattle Pacific University and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education from Western Washington University. He spent 25 years teaching secondary mathematics and supervising/coaching mathematics instruction prior to serving at NCU.