Jason Batterson earned his degree in architecture
from the University of Virginia in 1998. He left architecture to begin
teaching at Ligon Middle School in 2000. In 2006 he began teaching
Geometry and took a more active roll in the competition preparation of
Ligon’s top students.
In 2007 his best Geometry students placed
3rd and 11th at the state level. Last year, students in Mr.
Batterson’s Geometry class placed 1st, 2nd, and 12th at the state
level, and this year Mr. Batterson again coached the state champion in Geometry.
In 2008 Ligon won the state MATHCOUNTS title with students
placing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd state-wide. Ligon won the state title again in 2009 with all four team members in the top 25. The North Carolina team co-coached by Mr. Batterson placed 8th at nationals with Ligon standout Calvin Deng placing 4th overall in the nations top middle grades math competition.
Ligon Middle School has won 7 of the past 8 AMC8 competitions, and each of the past four years has won the AMC10 for the state at the middle-school level (last year, Ligon beat even the top high schools).
This past summer, Mr.
Batterson started this web site, dedicated to gifted math education at
the middle school level.
Hopefully this site
will lead to additional opportunities for developing instructional
materials for gifted middle-schoolers and connecting talented young
students and teachers. Mr. Batterson hopes to build the triangle
area math community, starting AGMath Camp in 2009 and perhaps
helping to form a triangle area math circle in the future.