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John Wilson (A.B.Ed. ’96, M.Ed. ’05) receives international award for high school mathematics teaching

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John Wilson

John “Jay” Wilson received the 2008 Edyth May Sliffe Award for Distinguished High School Mathematics Teaching, which honors teachers whose students score highest in the American Mathematics Contest. This award is unique in that teachers are nominated by their students. In 2008, this internationally recognized award was presented to 23 mathematics teachers across the United States and Canada. Wilson was also the 2004 recipient of this award.   

Wilson has been teaching at East Chapel Hill High School since 1999 and currently teaches AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics and advanced pre-calculus. He serves as the mathematics department chair. In 2006, Wilson was named Teacher of the Year for ECHHS and he received the Siemens AP Teaching Award, which recognizes the top AP math or science teacher in North Carolina. 

Also while at ECHHS, he has received many other awards including a student-selected award of “most influential teacher,” the Presidential Scholar’s Teacher Recognition Award in 2004 and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Teacher Recognition Award in 2003 and 2004.

Part of Wilson’s success in teaching can be attributed to the time he devotes to his students, both inside and outside of class. “Every day at lunch, Mr. Wilson’s room is a beacon for the mathematically inclined, where students gather to discuss difficult problems and Mr. Wilson is always on hand to answer questions. One cannot be long in such a room without gathering new knowledge and ability, and its existence gives our school a unique culture of mathematical growth and shared exploration,” said the four students who nominated Wilson for the 2008 Edyth May Sliffe Award.

Wilson serves as a representative for central North Carolina on the Board of the N.C. Association of AP Statistics Teachers.  He also has been a presenter at the AP Forum in Durham on AP Calculus teaching strategies.  Previously, Wilson taught at Graham High School in Graham, N.C. and has worked as a geometry teacher at Duke University’s Talent Identification Program.