Kalman Charitable Trust prizes and fellowships

The Margaret and John Kalman Charitable Trust offer Teacher Excellence Prizes and Fellowships each year to secondary school mathematics teachers.

Margaret and John Kalman Trust Teacher Prizes and Teacher Fellowships 2020/21

The Margaret and John Kalman Trust have generously sponsored a Teacher Excellence Prize valued at $5,000 and five Teacher Fellowships, valued at $5,000 each to acknowledge and support the amazing work being done by secondary school mathematics and statistics teachers in the Auckland region.

The selection panel of Steven Galbraith, Rachel Passmore and a representative from the Trust confirmed the 2020 recipients of these fellowships and prize. Our congratulations go to:

Kalman Teacher Excellence Prize

Michael Walden | Mt Albert Grammar School

Michael is a keen advocate of using technology in the Mathematics classroom in order to enhance student understanding. His technological expertise was particularly useful during lockdown when he created innovative online lessons using Desmos, Classcraft quests, Geogebra, Flipgrid and Youtube videos. Michael is keen to share his teaching innovations and has been a frequent presenter at professional development events hosted by the Auckland Mathematics Association.

He is also a current member of the Auckland Mathematics Association Executive and is one of the key organisers of the End of Year Maths and Calculus Event which attracts over 200 secondary school teachers each year. Michael devotes a lot of time to tutoring students during holiday programmes, training Mathex and Calcex teams and is also an active cricket and football coach.

Three male Mt Albert Grammar School students posing with their maths teacher Michael Walden

Kalman Teacher Fellowships

The Margaret and John Kalman Charitable Trust support a fellowship scheme to promote leadership within the mathematics teaching community.

From 2019 to 2021, the scheme will offer five mathematics teachers from the Auckland region the opportunity to participate in a year-long fellowship programme in the department. 

Fellowships are worth $5000; $1000 is an honorarium which goes direct to the Fellow with the remaining $4000 used mainly to cover the Fellow's time away from their teaching duties while they participate in Fellowship activities.

The chosen Kalman Teacher Fellows will collaborate with each other throughout the year on projects connected to a central theme, as well as interacting with the department’s Mathematics Education researchers and other academics.They will also participate in seminars, assist with resource development, upskill their content knowledge and develop their leadership skills.

This year's fellows are:

  • Frederic Jaccard | Kristin School
  • Tom Lin | Epsom Girls Grammar School
  • Rees Skiff | Mt Roskill Grammar School
  • Alistair Watt | Western Springs College
  • Penny Weakley | Westlake Boys High School

The theme for the 2020/21 Fellowships is “How can levels of student engagement be increased and sustained in order to improve mathematics and statistics learning outcomes?”

Each of the Fellows has proposed a project based on this theme, and will also have the opportunity to engage with members of the Department of Mathematics. Fellows will also be invited to attend a variety of activities  at the University throughout the year.

We are very grateful to the Margaret and John Kalman Trust for their generous, continuing and increasing support for this and several other schemes to increase awareness of mathematics at all levels.

About John Kalman

Emeritus Professor and former Head of Department John Arnold Kalman (1930-2007) obtained his MA in Law and Mathematics from the Auckland University College and PhD from Harvard (under George Mackey).

He joined the Department of Mathematics at the University of Auckland in 1955 as a research fellow and was a Professor with the Department for 30 years, until his retirement at the end of 1993.

Professor Kalman was a role model for his sincerity and dedication in all his tasks, and a fine mathematician, with a deep sense of care and hospitality towards his colleagues. 

He was noted for his careful and precise expository style and for his caring attitude to students. His research was originally in lattice theory, but he later became a specialist in automated reasoning with a well-received book entitled Automated reasoning with OTTER (Rinton Press, 2001), crowning his accomplishments in this field.

During his headship of the Department, John Kalman was instrumental in establishing the New Zealand Journal of Mathematics (then called The Mathematical Chronicle), in developing the curricula, in improving the quality of the mathematics section of the library, and most of all in appointing staff of international level.

Last but not least, during all his career in Auckland, he had an important role in creating a nice atmosphere in the Department. Those of us who were privileged to have him as a teacher will remember him fondly as a thorough teacher with two further amazing traits not mentioned so far:

  • his writing was fast and clear (if you wanted to write down his work on the board then you would be writing at top speed the whole lecture);
  • his memory was amazing (in Stage III analysis, a class of maybe 70, he walked around the class after the first assignment had been marked asking us our names and then giving us our assignment but thereafter he did the same omitting the question about our names.

(David Gauld)

Our thanks to the Margaret and John Kalman Trust for their generous, continuing and increasing support for this and several other schemes to increase awareness of mathematics at all levels.