Chris Bolognese, chair of Columbus Academy’s math department, has been selected as the state math teacher of the year!

“The biggest thing I have learned in my career is the importance of being able to learn, try and reflect on new ideas, all for the betterment of enhancing a student’s learning experience,” he said about this honor from the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics that is formally called the Buck Martin Award for Exemplary Mathematics Teaching. “I’ll never stop learning as a teacher and will always support my students and colleagues to take on new challenges and risks.”

Prior to joining Academy’s faculty in 2015, Bolognese spent eight years in Upper Arlington as a high school math teacher and an instructional leader in mathematics and art for the school district. He also spent two years as the online curriculum editor for IQITY, an e-learning platform, and three years as an adjunct professor and tutor at Columbus State Community College.

Bolognese earned his B.S. in mathematics and civil engineering, graduating summa cum laude from The Ohio State University. He continued his education at Ohio State, completing his M.Ed. in mathematics education, and has begun to pursue his Ph.D. in mathematics education.

Bolognese plays bass and guitar in a number of bands including The Beatles Marathon band that performs every Beatles song released in one continuous 12-hour annual concert.  He and his wife Emily live in Columbus with their four cats and one Great Dane.