AUSTIN - For her commitment to innovative education, Oakcrest Intermediate School sixth grade math and science teacher Allison Bearden was one of just six teachers in the entire State of Texas named a PAEMST Award Finalist, announced by the Texas Education Agency on Thursday.
According to TEA, the 2018 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) recognize kindergarten through sixth grade mathematics and science teachers whose innovative methods bring teaching to life in the classroom.
“Mrs. Bearden is one of the most unique and talented teachers I have worked with because she has experience teaching Math and Science at grades 3-6,” OIS Principal Dr. Lee Wright said.
“Her knowledge of what students have learned at previous grade levels has allowed her to expertly design learning experiences using prior knowledge by asking quality questions to drive student thinking to high levels. She balances her high expectations with high levels of support for students,” he noted. “While at Oakcrest, she has created Project-Based Learning experiences for her students ranging from Free Little Library designs to a Mission to Mars project (including having a NASA representative serve on a panel during student presentations). She fully exemplifies our campus motto of “Cultivating Character. Elevating Education.”
Bearden was selected as a Texas finalist in elementary science, joining Celene Rosen of Plano ISD and Brenda Williams of Argyle ISD in that category. They join from the math category, Ellaree Lehman from Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, Angelica Nino from San Antonio ISD and Kirsta Paulus from Pasadena ISD.
PAEMST is considered the highest recognition a math or science teacher may receive for exemplary teaching in the United States.
To achieve recognition through this program, a teacher first must apply to enter the competition or be nominated for the award. A state panel consisting of master teachers, content specialists, and administrators reviews the applications and selects the most outstanding mathematics and science teachers for the National Science Foundation to consider for national awardee status.
After this initial selection process, a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators may select two teachers from each state and U.S. jurisdiction for the national award.
PAEMST awardees receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation, a certificate signed by the President of the United States, and a paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend recognition events and professional development opportunities.
For additional information about the PAEMST program, visit www.paemst.org.
About Tomball Independent School District
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 16,000 students at 20 campuses.