Wendy Rich recently was recognized as the top math educator in the state at the North Carolina annual State Mathematics Conference on Nov. 5-6.

Rich works in Asheboro City Schools, and was awarded the W.W. Rankin Memorial Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education. This is the most prestigious award given by the N.C. Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM), according to an article by Courier-Tribune.

With more than 25 years of education experience, Rich currently is the director of elementary education for the school system, and she teaches math as a lead teacher.

She has received recognition for her leadership and service over the years to North Carolina and other national groups. During her tenure, Rich developed math standards for the state and helped in the development of End-of-Grade assessments.

While involved with NCCTM, she has been the regional conference program chair, a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Board, and was NCCTM’s president from 2009-2011.