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Donald Plante of Goffstown Recognized for Excellence in Teaching

UNH - Manchester - 11 May 2016: Each year, UNH recognizes faculty who motivate, challenge and inspire students to succeed both in and out of the classroom. This year's Excellence in Teaching award recognizes Goffstown resident Donald Plante, lecturer of mathematics. 

In his four years at UNH Manchester, Plante has transformed the way students perceive mathematics. As lecturer of mathematics, he brings experience and enthusiasm to the classroom, igniting interest in a subject that many struggle with. His students echo that it is his passion for math that inspires them to succeed.

Plante uses hands-on exercises and mathematical models to motivate students to understand the deeper meaning of their studies.  He has also started using a flipped classroom approach in many of his courses, assigning brief video lectures as homework so classroom time can be dedicated to one-on-one student interactions.

As one student describes, “The structure really allowed students to raise and explore a variety of interesting, real-world applications and questions.”

In addition to teaching, Plante is an active researcher in the area of fractal geometry and visualizing mathematics through technology. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Rhode Island and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Tufts University.

Plante will be presented the Excellence in Teaching award at UNH Manchester's commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 19.

Caption: Lecturer of Mathematics Donald Plante, right, is UNH Manchester's 2016 Excellence in Teaching award recipient.

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