SEFS Alumni News Autumn 2019

Maths and Art add up at Teachers’ Award  

24 Sep 2019
Pictured: Maths teachers, Sarah Tallon and Breda Disney.

Sarah Tallon and Breda Disney were honoured with awards for Irish Teachers of Mathematics in the Aula Maxima on 26 May. The award ceremony has earned the endearing nickname of “The Oscars of Mathematics” from Professor Stephen Buckley MRIA, Head, Department of Mathematics and Statistics NUI Maynooth. Young Mathematical Olympians captivated the audience with artistic interludes: bass and violin performances from Alison Riordan and Archie Conolly, poetry, inspiring speeches by Laura Cosgrave and Tianyiwa Xie, and a modern dance performance by Sarah Lane and dancers from the Joan Denise Moriarty School of Dance, Cork. 

Brilliant student performances promise to become a trademark of the awards. Last year, guests were treated to a performance by eighteen-year-old Kevin Jansson who played a Chopin nocturne – just a few months before winning the Young Chopin International Piano Competition. Young pianists Antonia Huang and Cillian Williamson also brought in brilliant performances. The jury, drawn from academics, teachers and a nominated member of the Royal Irish Academy, had the difficult task of choosing seven finalists from the 150 entries. The finalists all showed exceptional ingenuity in promoting mathematics while supporting, as well as challenging, their students. The jury was particularly impressed with Sarah Tallon’s participatory, discovery-based method of teaching, and with Breda Disney’s ability to bring out the best in her students.

For further information please contact: Dr Anca Mustata, School of Mathematical Sciences, UCC. 021-4205852 mustata@ucc.ie

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