Local Authors And Educators John Squires And Karen Wyrick Win Pearson Award

Wednesday, February 06, 2013
John Squires
John Squires

Pearson Education, the largest U.S. education publisher and provider of assessment services to schools and corporations, recently announced that two local educators are the recipients of the coveted Pearson Higher Education Product of the Year Award for 2012. John Squires, Chattanooga State mathematics department head, and Karen Wyrick, chair of the math department at Cleveland State, have been honored for their MyMathLab eCourse Series.

The MyMathLab eCourse Series offers students three steps to proven success. There is a guided learning path through content that has been organized into small, manageable portions. Series topics include: basic mathematics, pre-algebra, introductory algebra, intermediate algebra, and developmental mathematics. “In no sense is it a traditional textbook,” said Mr. Squires. “It really comes out of our experience in the math emporium and what we’ve learned from blended learning, designed for online learning, and on the ground learning.”

Mr. Squires developed the nationally acclaimed Do the Math program, which won the Bellwether Award, while he was at Cleveland State Community College. Since joining the Chattanooga State faculty, he has been the driving force behind the newly designed Math Emporium (math lab). Additionally, Mr. Squires has been instrumental in implementing course redesign throughout the math department. Mr. Squires travels nationwide working with both colleges and high schools on using technology to improve student learning and course redesign.

Cleveland State students have honored Karen Wyrick as the college’s best instructor on more than one occasion. She played a key role in the math redesign at Cleveland State. “We were really excited to hear of our award because a lot of work went into this and there are hundreds of great Pearson products out there,” said Ms. Wyrick. “We have been very fortunate; it takes most authors several years to write a book, and by working with Pearson, we have been able to write six books in less than three years.” 

Each of Pearson’s higher education divisions nominate a published or online text based on innovation, quality, results, sales and student feedback. Then the overall winner is selected. This is high praise for the first time publishing collaboration between Mr. Squires and Ms. Wyrick. When asked about student feedback on the MyMathLab eCourse Series, Mr. Squires said, “It has been overwhelmingly positive. I’ve visited colleges that are using our series, and the students like the approach. Students who have previously struggled in math are now able to grasp the concepts. This is what it is all about.”

Karen Wyrick
Karen Wyrick

TEDxUTChattanooga Announces Slate Of Speakers For Oct. 25

The organizers of the first TEDxUTChattanooga have announced the slate of speakers for this year’s event. TEDxUTChattanooga will be held Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Dorothy Hackett Ward Theatre at UTC. Earlier this year, TEDxUTChattanooga invited nominations for speakers to offer short talks by a select, diverse group of professors, students, and community members, all of whom ... (click for more)

Public Education Foundation Hosts Free College Knowledge Lunch Break Wednesday

High school parents & educators from all over the Tennessee Valley are invited to attend the Public Education Foundation's FREE College Knowledge Lunch Breaks.  Other adults who work with or advise students on the road to post-secondary success are invited as well.   These monthly lunch time workshops will focus on college related topics such as essay writing, ... (click for more)

Erlanger Finishes Fiscal Year With $18 Million Profit

After a major loss the year before, Erlanger Health System finished the fiscal year with an $18 million profit, officials announced Monday night. It was well ahead of the $2 million gain that Erlanger had budgeted for, and far better than last year's $8 million loss. The profit was boosted by a first-time $19,587,000 from a Public Hospital Supplemental payment and essential ... (click for more)

Chancellor Rules That IDB Must Reimburse Attorney Fees, Other Legal Costs For Helen Burns Sharp On TIF Lawsuit

Chancellor Pam Fleenor has ruled that Helen Burns Sharp, who sued over the validity of a $9 million Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for a planned major development on Aetna Mountain, should be reimbursed her discretionary costs as well as her attorney fees. Ms. Sharp said in a recent court filing that her legal bills to attorney John Konvalinka were $74,427 at the time. The ... (click for more)

ChattaData Is A Real Advance For The City

This past Tuesday, the city of Chattanooga's new performance management tool called ChattaData was unveiled. As the chairman of the City Council’s Budget & Finance Committee, I am excited to witness the city putting this important information online in a way that is accessible and transparent to all taxpayers. This approach shines light on how we as a city prioritize our ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: It’s ‘Hate The SEC’ Day

The boo birds came out on the fly on the ESPN website Sunday afternoon, this moments after the latest AP College Football “Top 25” included eight teams from the Southeastern Conference.   What set naysayers aglow was Mississippi State, after upsetting LSU 34-29 Saturday night, debuted on the list at No. 14 while Clemson, playing Florida State in an overtime thriller, got tossed ... (click for more)