TOMBALL - Celebratory smiles filled Oakcrest Intermediate School on Wednesday when math and science teacher Allison Bearden was greeted by the Houston Astros’ mascot Orbit and representatives from ConocoPhillips as the Math Teacher of the Month.
Bearden teaches 6th Grade PreAP math and science at OIS. During her time in this role, she has led PBL Professional Development at the campus and district level as well as the Texas STEM Coalition Conference. Bearden is also a certified instructional coach, District PBL Trainer and District master teacher.
She has successfully implemented Project Based Learning (PBL) in all of her classrooms. Her students have completed many PBL projects and have been awarded two EcoRise grants for their sustainable outdoor space for the school and for the design of a mini free library for the community.
“Allison has great relationships with students and challenges them every day to prove their thinking,” said David Surdovel, Tomball ISD Director of Math. “She uses a rigorous questioning style to have students show what they know about the topic and believes they learn best from a productive struggle. Since she teaches both math and science, she is able to help students better understand the relationships between those areas. She also has done extensive work with Project Based Learning and helps students make connections from their learning in class to the real world.”
Along with her innovative teaching style, Bearden also runs a full classroom economy, which allows students to learn about daily and life financial skills. The students all have jobs, online bank accounts, desk rental fees, direct deposit paychecks, classroom currency and much more.
Bearden was one of the 2018 Presidential Award in Education of Academics or PAEMST State Finalist awardees and the Tomball Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Month for December 2018.
She graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.
“My passion is teaching and seeing students learn and grow to be better citizens in society,” Bearden said. “My goal is for all my students to leave my classroom with a love for math and as successful lifelong learners.”
This year marks the third straight year a Tomball ISD math teacher has been honored with this award as Haley Galyean (2017-18) and Chris Penny (2016-17) were honored the last two years.
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, government and the non-profit sector.
When evaluating Bearden, the committee considered several areas in which she excelled as an educator in Tomball ISD. She 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 a winning teacher, Bearden will receive a number of awards from ConocoPhillips and the Houston Astros. Along with a campus visit from Orbit, she 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.