Tomball ISD Teachers Honored as ConocoPhillips’ Math Teachers of the Month

TOMBALL - Celebratory smiles filled Oakcrest Intermediate School and Tomball Memorial High School on Wednesday when fifth grade teacher Jessica Hampton (OIS) and Algebra I teacher  Jennifer Koster (TMHS) were greeted by the Houston Astros’ mascot Orbit and representatives from ConocoPhillips as Math Teachers of the Month.

Hampton teaches 5th grade math at OIS. She is in her 10th year of teaching and has served as a district curriculum and assessment writer. During her time as an educator, she has been recognized for her hard work as the Campus’ Most Valuable Teacher, District Math Achievement Award Recipient, and as a Google-certified educator. 

“Jessica uses innovative instructional methods to ensure students succeed and enjoy learning, including creating an Among Us-themed digital escape room, utilizing conditional formatting in a Google Sheet to create Pixel Art, and highlighting how to incorporate technology to solve problems,”  said David Surdovel, Tomball ISD Director of Math. “In addition, Jessica's students take part in Project Based Learning (PBL) at the campus to apply their understanding of the mathematical content to tackle unique issues in real world situations.”  

Koster teaches ninth grade Algebra I at Tomball Memorial High School. She is in her 10th year teaching and has served as a district curriculum and assessment writer. Koster has been recognized for her dedication to teaching as the Campus’ Most Valuable Teacher, District Math Achievement Award Recipient, and Honorable Mention for the National Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

“Jennifer works hard to provide engaging learning opportunities for students, such as using computer software to formatively check for student understanding, building strong relationships with students so they feel comfortable asking questions about the lesson, and having a treasure hunt to help students best understand the various functions of the graphing calculator,” said Surdovel. “Jennifer also serves on district curriculum writing committees and provides feedback on alignment for assessments and resources.”

Jennifer Koster & Jessica Hampton join previous Tomball ISD ConocoPhillips Teachers of the Month Christopher Penny (CPJHS), Haley Galyean (OIS), Allison Bearden (OIS), and Grand Prize Winner Susanne Whitley (NIS). Hampton is the third winner from OIS. For a complete list, please click here:

ConocoPhillips and the Houston Astros recognize six math teachers during the baseball season, running from April to September. The winning teachers were selected by an external committee made up of representatives from academia, business and the nonprofit sector.

When evaluating both Hampton and Koster, the committee considered several areas in which they excelled as educators in Tomball ISD. They showcased a commitment to excellence in mathematics teaching, showed evidence of creativity and innovation in the classroom, demonstrated leadership skills, showed effective use of traditional and nontraditional teaching tools, continues to go above and beyond to make in a difference in students' lives, demonstrated increase in student achievement in mathematics and demonstrated increase in student affinity for mathematics. 

As winning teachers, Hampton and Koster will receive a number of awards from ConocoPhillips and the Houston Astros. Along with a campus visit from Orbit, they will receive pre-game recognition and a Minute Maid Park stadium tour, up to 10 game tickets, $1,000 donation to teacher’s school/school district, a $100 gift card for the purchase of classroom supplies, ConocoPhillips and Houston Astros gift package, pre-game radio interview and recognition on the ConocoPhillips website.

Tomball ISD educates students to become responsible, productive citizens by providing innovative, individually rigorous, and personally valuable educational experiences. Founded in 1908, Tomball ISD now encompasses 83 square miles in northwest Harris County and southwest Montgomery County, and is located approximately 30 miles from downtown Houston. The district currently educates over 20,500 students at 22 campuses.