Beth Wentworth State College Teaching Excellence Winner

CHADRON – Chadron State College math professor Dr. Beth Wentworth is the 2020 Teaching Excellence Award recipient for the Nebraska State College System, chosen by the board of trustees.

She will be celebrated during CSC’s virtual spring commencement ceremony on May 9.

Wentworth, whose primary job is training future elementary and secondary school math teacher, is retiring at the end of the semester. She calls the award “truly an honor,” adding that “I can’t think of a better ending to my career.”

Sadly, Wentworth’s husband John passed away on Sunday, just 3 days after the state college trustees officially named her as the award winner.

Each of the three state colleges – Chadron State, Wayne State, and Peru State – selects a Teaching Excellence campus recipient and the trustees chooses the system-wide winner.

System Chancellor Paul Turman calls Wentworth not only an excellent educator, but also a great mentor, advisor, and advocate for students and their success – a mentor and fantastic role model for future educators.

Turman says Wentworth holds her students to the highest standard and provides tools and support to help them succeed, showing a dedication to students that reflects the core values, mission and vision of Chadron State College and the Nebraska State College System.

CSC Mathematical and Natural Sciences chair Dr Rob Stack says Wentworth is an outstanding example of a professor who focuses on providing the highest student-centered instruction, motivating students to perform to their potential.

He calls her “the ultimate team player on campus, consistently collaborating with staff from other departments across campus and beyond” while continuing to grow professionally even as retirement beckoned.

Wentworth may be best known for the math outreach programs she has implemented. Family Math Nights and after-school programs allow her students to make math fun and help grade school and middle school students appreciate and retain enthusiasm for math..

She says she’s dedicated her teaching career to creating better elementary math teachers with her greatest desire to help develop effective and successful teachers – adding that she feels rewarded every time she hears a positive report from a former student or an administrator of one.

Wenworth holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Minot State University in North Dakota, a master’s from South Dakota’s Northern State University, and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction for Mathematics Education from the University of Minnesota.

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