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Montana Western Professor Dr. Shay Kidd Honored With Teaching Award

Dr. Shay Kidd, an Associate Professor at the University of Montana Western, has been recognized with a teaching award from the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Montana State University. This award acknowledges Dr. Kidd's exceptional contributions and dedication to mathematics education.

Dr. Kidd serves as an Associate Professor in the Education division at Montana Western, specializing in teaching the mathematics methods course for Elementary and Secondary Education majors. His commitment to teaching extends beyond the university setting as he actively engages as a K-12 teacher for Idaho’s online school, maintaining a direct connection with students and integrating current educational experiences into his teaching at Montana Western.

Dr. Kidd played a significant role in Montana’s revision of K-12 Mathematics Standards. His contributions ranged from revising existing standards to ensuring a seamless development of mathematical themes across grades. Notably, Dr. Kidd advocated for the inclusion of cultural considerations in mathematics teaching, aligning with the state’s focus on Indigenous Education for All (IEFA) aspects.

In recognition of his outstanding contributions, Dr. Kidd was selected for the teaching award funded by Dr. William Stannard, a generous donor to the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Montana State University. This annual award celebrates Montana faculty members who exemplify superior mathematics teaching outside of Montana State University. 

Upon receiving news of the award, Dr. Kidd expressed gratitude and dedication to advancing mathematics education. He continues to enhance his teaching practices through fieldwork at Montana Youth Challenge and remains actively involved in community initiatives such as Cub Scouts and Girls Scout groups in Dillon.

“This is an unexpected honor and I am truly humbled to receive it. I look forward to many more years of learning myself, as I get to teach at the University of Montana Western,” said Kidd. 

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