Park Vista HS Shares Math Love

Park Vista HS Shares Math Love, Wins Math Dream
Posted on 06/10/2019
Glenn Marr, a calculus teacher at Park Vista Community High School

Glenn Marr, a calculus teacher at Park Vista Community High School, has been honored by Texas Instruments (TI) as their first winner of its Spread the Math Love Contest and will have his math dream come true.

Marr was nominated by his student, Faith Southwick, a member of the Park Vista class of 2019 and the first person in Park Vista’s history to receive an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. Southwick nominated Marr for inspiring her love of math and helping to facilitate her military career.

“I can honestly say that I may have never chosen this path, or been able to succeed, without the mentorship of Mr. Marr. His mathematical abilities, which are remarkable on their own, are far outweighed by his passion for teaching calculus,” Southwick wrote as part of her nomination essay.

Southwick’s nomination was one of 600, and event organizers said it immediately caught their attention, earning Marr the first award in this months-long campaign. For his prize, TI will fly Marr and his wife to San Francisco for a tour of the Exploratorium, a renowned collection of exhibits that draw together science, art and human perception.

“I can’t believe it. This is a dream come true, definitely the best day I’ve ever had as a teacher,” Marr said. He has been teaching mathematics at Park Vista Community High School for the past 15 years and has taught Southwick for the past two years. “The fact that she is going to be able to go to the U.S. Naval Academy, and I was a small part of that, it’s unbelievable.”

Having dreamed of serving her country since she was 11 years old, Southwick plans to pursue a nuclear engineering degree at the Academy. “For the next 20 years of my life, I will be using the momentum created by my two years in Mr. Marr’s class, and my passion for math, to help defend the United States,” Southwick said. “I am extremely grateful to Mr. Marr for inspiring me and others in the way he has, and I hope to inspire others in the future in a similar way.”

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