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Winter to retire after 32 years of service

Janet Winters retiring
Janet Winters

Dr. Janet M. Winter, Senior Instructor of Mathematics and Mathematics Basic Skills Coordinator at Penn State Berks, will officially retire on August 31, 2012, after completing 32 years of service at Penn State Berks.

Winter began her career at the campus in 1970 as an Instructor in Mathematics. At this time, the campus was located on Hill Avenue in Wyomissing. In 1974, she left the campus to pursue her doctorate degree. She returned in 1981 to teach part-time and resumed full-time instruction in 1984.
During her time at Penn State Berks, Winter established and coordinated several programs: the Women in Science Program (WISE at Berks) in 1994; the Careers with Math Options Conference, a career exploration conference for seventh grade girls in 1997; and the Science, Engineering, and Technology Conference for eleventh grade students in 2001.

Throughout her tenure at Penn State Berks, Winter received ten awards. Her first was an Outstanding Teacher Award in 1990. In 2007, she received the Penn State Berks Outstanding Service Award. This award recognizes full-time faculty members who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community service. In 2011, she received the the Doris Turkes Award, which is given to a woman from the Penn State Berks campus by the Berks Commission for Women. The award is presented in recognition of contributions that improve the status of women including advocating for issues related to women, educating the university community and its future citizens on issues affecting women, and promoting the efforts of women in their various roles and activities.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education from Montclair State College, Winter went on to earn her master’s degree in Mathematics and her doctorate (Ed.D.) in Measurement and Research from Lehigh University.

She is a member of Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Over the course of her career, Winter has been coordinator of various federally-funded projects and initiatives in the field of mathematics and has received significant grant funding from organizations and corporations. She has given presentations both at conferences for teachers and at workshops in school districts, county conferences, and at Penn State.

Winter says that in her retirement she plans to enjoy her family, travel, and pursue hobbies.

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