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Math Department Chair Awarded 'Hope Through Education' Teacher of the Year


Math Department Chair Awarded 'Hope Through Education' Teacher of the Year
Tim LeCras

Saint Joe’s longtime Mathematics Department Chair, Linda Muratore P ‘00, was named the Hope Through Education Teacher of the Year.

Muratore, who has been a mathematics teacher for 35 years, including 29 at Saint Joe’s, was honored at the Hope Through Education gala on Thursday.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to play a role in the holistic education of the fine young men that walk our halls,” Muratore said. “I have been blessed with this opportunity for 29 years.”

As a math teacher, Muratore has taken on the more challenging classes, including AP Calculus and Discrete Math. To date, 464 students have received a “5” on the AP Calculus test, with 36 students taking the exam this year. As the moderator for the Math League team for 22 years, Muratore has led the Falcons to numerous titles and national championships in the Catholic Math League.

“I enjoy taking the most complex mathematical problem and breaking it down into a step-by-step process so that all my students can understand the concepts and techniques,”  Muratore said. “The biggest compliment I get from my students is ‘This is so easy.’ Mathematics is easy when you know what to do. My job is to make it easy.”

President John Nolan said that there is no better Partner in Mission than Linda Muratore.

“Linda has instilled in her students a love for learning and a passion to excel in the classroom,” Nolan said. “Linda has taught her students math skills that transcend beyond the classroom into real world experiences, and life skills such as hard work, dedication, teamwork and pride in their work that apply today in their adult lives.  She has earned the respect of her students with the way she has cared for them and their success.”

One of her most prized students during her tenure at Saint Joe’s is her son, Stephen, from the Class of 2000. He followed in his mother’s footsteps as a Math and Computer Science at Mount Saint Mary Academy. 

Muratore will be retiring at the end of the school year, concluding a 35-year career in catholic education. Her parting words date back to a quote from a college professor.

“Students must be taught to believe in themselves and develop their abilities in all disciplines, including mathematics,” she said. “A very wise professor, Professor Geddes at Brooklyn College, once told me, ‘Your students might not remember all of the mathematics, but they will remember you.’ I hope that in some small way I have achieved this goal.”