Mathematics Department Chair Mariya Peterson has been selected as Athens Academy’s Teacher of the Year 2021 by the students of the Upper School. This award is presented annually to a member of the faculty who demonstrates the qualities of an excellent teacher, possessing knowledge of the subject matter and the ability to communicate this and showing an interest in, concern for, and involvement with the students.
With 25 years’ experience teaching mathematics, Mariya Peterson was a member of the Athens Academy faculty for eight years. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from Dnepropetrovsk State University in Ukraine. Most recently she taught Multivariable Calculus with Linear Algebra; Athens Academy is the only school in the region to offer this high-level math course. Ms. Peterson also taught AP Calculus BC and Algebra II Honors and served as a senior advisor.
During Athens Academy’s Senior Honors Day in May, Head of School John Thorsen and Upper School Director Susan Zalac were pleased to recognize several members of the Class of 2021 for their outstanding character, citizenship, and school spirit during their Upper School years. These awards include the Head of School Award, the Faculty Award for Excellence, and the Kirk B. Oliver, Jr. Award:
The Head of School Award: Mo Alserafei, McKenzie Elrod & Clark O’Neill
The Kirk B. Oliver, Jr. Award: Ben Cuneo & Xinyuan Fan The Faculty Award for Excellence: Kavya Menke & Alex Oh
During Athens Academy’s Honors Day in May, Head of School John Thorsen and Upper School Director Susan Zalac were pleased to recognize several members of the Class of 2021 for their outstanding performance as student-athletes during their Upper School years. The awards, and those who received them, include:
The Andrew B. Swan Award: Meg Williams
The G. William Thurston Athletic Award: Deion Colzie & Riley Friesen The Scholar-Athlete Award: Kate Kleiber & Lewis Scruggs