Lynn Foshee Reed

2012-14 Albert Einstein Fellow

National Science Foundation
Directorate for Geosciences, Division of Polar Programs

High school mathematics teacher
Richmond, VA

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Lynn Foshee Reed has been a mathematics instructor at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School (MLWGS) in Richmond, Virginia, since 1998. Reed primarily taught calculus – AP Calculus AB as well as dual enrollment Calculus I, Calculus II, and Multivariable Calculus – in conjunction with Virginia Commonwealth University. She has also taught Algebra II, Trigonometry and Mathematical Analysis, and History of Mathematics at MLWGS. Previously, Reed taught mathematics at Virginia Tech for eight years.

Reed originates from southern Illinois and she received her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and minored in chemistry at the University of Evansville. After two years of teaching high school, she enrolled at Ohio State University where she received both her Master of Arts and Master of Science in Mathematics. Reed earned her Gifted Education endorsement in 2002 and achieved National Board Certification in Adolescent and Young Adult Mathematics in 2009.

Reed is Secondary Mathematics Representative on the board of the Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (VCTM), and she was VCTM’s representative to the Virginia Educational Technology Advisory Committee. Reed is a past president of the Greater Richmond Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GRCTM). She is one of the coordinators of the Calculus Network of Richmond, and she regularly presents at GRCTM and VCTM conferences. Reed is a more than 20-year member of both the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). Reed has experience as an AP Reader of AP Calculus exams, and she is a frequent calculus instructor for the Virginia Advanced Study Strategies review sessions.

Lynn welcomes opportunities to stretch her understanding of the world in general and mathematics in particular, and tries to demonstrate a delight in mathematics and joy in learning new things to her students and colleagues. She participated in the Institute for the History of Mathematics and Its Use in Teaching and the MAA’s summer 2005 Professional Enhancement Program workshop on the “Mathematics of Asia’s Past.” She has participated in MAA mini-courses, most recently “Geometry and Art” and “Dance and Mathematics” at the 2012 Joint Mathematics Meetings. Lynn brought university-affiliated guest speakers to her school to expose students to mathematics in unexpected contexts like Sudoku, origami, sports, and history. “I have always been a proponent of using multidisciplinary explorations in teaching mathematics, and I emphasize to my students how mathematics opens doors to many careers and fields of interest. The mission of my school emphasizes government and international studies, and I strive to instill the viewpoint that mathematics permeates and supports nearly all other disciplines, and that as future leaders, they will benefit from studying as much mathematics as possible.”

During the 2013-14 school year, Reed is serving a second year as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the National Science Foundation, Directorate for Geosciences in the Division of Polar Programs.