DR. GARNER’S

MATHEMATICS PORTAL

DR. GARNER’S

MATHEMATICS PORTAL

2019

I am Chuck Garner and I teach mathematics at Rockdale Magnet School in Conyers, Georgia. This site is the portal to access classroom pages for the mathematics classes I teach, and much more.

This is also the gateway to pages on the award-winning Rockdale Magnet Math Team, the popular Rockdale Mathematics Competition, and information about my mathematics books. (Clicking these links and pictures each open up a new window.)

BACKGROUND

I grew up in Conyers and graduated from Heritage High School (1988). From Georgia State University I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree (1994) and a Master of Science degree (2000), both in mathematics. I earned my Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics degree from the University of Johannesburg in South Africa (2004) with a dissertation in the field of spectral graph theory. My dissertation was supervised by Dr. Elizabeth Jonck (University of Johannesburg), Dr. Gayla Sue Domke (Purdue University, formerly at Georgia State), and Dr. George Davis (Georgia State University, retired). Check out the Mathematics Geneology Project to view my mathematical ancestors.

TEACHING

I have taught at Rockdale Magnet School since August 2001. Before that I was a middle school math teacher for seven years, five of those at Conyers Middle School in Conyers, Georgia, and the first two at Robison Middle School in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 2018-2019 school year marks my twenty-fifth year teaching.

I am fortunate and honored to be recognized for the work I put into my teaching through the years. I earned the Excellence in Teaching Mathematics Award for Georgia in 2003; I was the very first Teacher of the Year for Rockdale Magnet School (in 2007); I was one of three Finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching in 2007 and one of five in 2014; I received GCTM’s Dwight Love Award in 2010 for “distinguished service to the field of mathematics education”; in 2016 I received the Georgia Association of AP Math Teacher’s John Neff Award for “outstanding service to the AP community and years of outstanding teaching in AP mathematics”; and in 2018 I received GCTM’s highest honor, the Gladys M. Thomason Award.

But none of these compare to the honors bestowed upon me by my students: I was selected by the STAR student as the high school’s STAR Teacher 10 times (each year from 2003 to 2011 and again in 2013 and 2017) and selected by Honor Students as a Superintendent’s Honor Teacher for 19 consecutive years (1999 to 2017). Former STAR student Justin Easley nominated me for the MIT Inspirational Teacher Award, which I received in March 2011. Two students, Zach York and Aqib Momin, selected me for the Georgia Federal Credit Union/Star94 Teachers Make a Difference Award in 2013, and former student Matthew Le nominated me for the Yale Educator Award, which I received in September 2016.

By clicking the links at the top of the page, you will find information about courses that I teach.

I also teach classes on-line for the Art of Problem Solving.

I have taught classes on number theory, counting & probability, geometry, precalculus, calculus, the AMC 10, the AMC 12, and the AIME.

MATH TEAMS

I am also actively involved in competitive mathematics. Not only do I sponsor both the Varsity and Junior Varsity divisions of the Rockdale Magnet Math Team, I am also one of six coaches for the state-wide Georgia ARML team. This team is comprised of the 45 best mathematics students in the state who then compete at the world-wide American Regions Mathematics League (ARML) tournament each June.

As of October 2009, I am also the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics Vice-President for Competitions. In this role, I oversee the GCTM middle school math tournament and the State Math Tournament.

I also served, from February 2014 to January 2017, on the Board of Governors of the Mathematical Association of America as the Governor-at-Large for High School Teachers. As the High School Governor, I was also ex-officio member of the Council on Outreach Programs, the Committee for the American Mathematics Competition, and the Committee for the Edith May Sliffe Award.

Now my work with the MAA involves chairing the Sliffe Award Committee, chairing the Teachers of Advanced High School Mathematics Special Interest Group, and being the MAA Representative on the national Mu Alpha Theta Governing Council. I have also written a few Mu-level tests for the National Mu Alpha Theta Convention from 2016-2019.

QUESTIONS?

If you have questions or comments, feel free to contact me by emailing cgarner (at) gctm (dot) org.

WELCOME!

BELOW: My other calculus textbooks.