Cathy Crocker
Director of Education
ASA National Office

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 1, Number 1 (Winter 1995)

August 8, 1994 was the beginning of a new adventure. That was my first day as Director of Education with ASA. It was an opportune time to start because I almost immediately got to attend the Joint Statistical Meetings in Toronto and meet many wonderful members of ASA. If anyone asked me any questions about ASA and the Office of Education, I could reply that I had just started working there and would have to learn more myself before I could answer the question.

At the time of writing this article, it has now been almost three months and I must admit that I still have more questions than I have answers. I have the good fortune of working with a professional, exemplary staff at ASA. Wayne Jones, Manager, Office of Education, has been a life saver. We have talked about the past and the future plans for our office.

At present we have three main thrusts:

- a national poster contest for students in grades K-12 and a national project contest for students in grades 4-12.

- administration of Continuing Education courses at the Joint

Statistical Meetings with the advisory committee throughout the year.

- Quantitative Literacy programs for elementary and secondary

mathematics teachers and science teachers grades 6-12. These programs are funded by NSF.

Our future plans are to continue to coordinate the efforts for the poster and project contests with judging done by volunteers from ASA (many, many thanks to them!!), to work with our advisory Council for Continuing Education and to offer courses possibly throughout the year that meet the needs of our members, to learn more about programs in education that are innovative and that can help teachers better educate our students, to become involved in the Adopt-a-School program, and to continue to seek funding for educational programs that incorporate quantitative literacy into all subject areas.

I have spent most of my life in education, either as a student or as an educator. I earned my Bachelor's of Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and my Master's from University of Virginia. I am still a part time student at the University of Virginia as I continue working on earning my doctorate. I started teaching in 1974 in the Fairfax County Public School system in Northern Virginia. I taught for many years before becoming an assistant principal at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. I now get to put my experience as a teacher and as an administrator to work as I strive to serve the members of ASA by continuing to offer quality programs through the Office of Education.

Please do offer your suggestions for future programs. We welcome new ideas.

Cathy Crocker
Phone: (703) 684-1221, ext.146

I look forward to hearing from you and am excited about the future.

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