Staten Island Fran Curcio Awarded 2010 Queens College Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching

FLUSHING, NY, October 14, 2010 — Native Staten Islander Dr. Frances R. Curcio, who resides in Arrochar, was awarded the 2010 Queens College Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching yesterday by QC President James Muyskens. The award is based on student recommendations reviewed by faculty and students, with a final review and decision made by the college president.

One of her former students summed up the impact of her lifetime devotion to preparing future high school math teachers: “Musical theater has Bernstein, Laurents, Robbins, and Sondheim; mathematics education has Fran Curcio.”

A professor of Secondary Mathematics Education, Dr. Curcio attributed her teaching skills to her former public school teachers. Two attended the awards ceremony at the Flushing, Queens campus and stood to be acknowledged: Mrs. Jean Barresi, her first grade teacher at PS 39R, and Ms.  Isabel DePiero, her seventh-grade teacher at George L. Egbert Junior High School.

Dr. Curcio earned her undergraduate degree in mathematics from St. Francis College, Brooklyn, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in mathematics education from New York University. She began her teaching career at St. John Villa Academy High School in 1973. Her college teaching began in 1977, when she was appointed to the faculty of St. Francis College; in 1985 she joined the Queens College Department of Elementary Education. Ten years later, she moved to a teaching position at New York University but returned in 2000 to QC, where she was appointed to the Department of Secondary Education.

Dr. Curcio is the author and editor of 18 books and numerous scholarly articles. The most recent work she authored is the third edition of Developing Data-Graph Comprehension (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2010). Her research specialties include graph comprehension, reading in mathematics, and mathematics teacher preparation. From 1991-1993, she served as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. In 2006, Dr. Curcio was inducted into the New Dorp High School Hall of Fame for Distinguished Service in Mathematics Education.

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