TMHS’ Amber Bialorucki Named a PAEMST Finalist

AUSTIN - Recognized for her ability to inspire students through deep content knowledge and showcase high-levels of learning, Tomball Memorial High School math teacher Amber Bialorucki was one of three secondary math teachers in the State of Texas named PAEMST Award Finalists, announced by the Texas Education Agency.

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States.

“Amber Bialorucki is the Navy Seal of mathematics instruction.  She carefully calculates every element of her classroom; from desk arrangements, to materials distribution and collection, all for the purpose of maximizing EVERY instructional second.  Mrs. Bialorucki uses this same approach with her instructional design, and is intentional about every example, every homework assignment, and every test question.  She is an exceptional classroom teacher, and is the gold standard for math instruction!” - Dr. Mike Metz, TMHS Principal

The PAEMST awards rotate from K-6 one year to 7-12 the following year. Due to COVID, this school year they have recognized both K-6 (originally from 2019-2020) and grades 7-12 (set for this school year of 2020-2021). Each year, there are three math and three science state finalists that are recognized with a chance to be named the overall $10,000 award winner.

“Amber works tirelessly to ensure that students are successful in mathematics classes. She builds positive relationships and uses a variety of formative assessment techniques with technology to check for student understanding. I know that when students get Amber as their teacher, they are guaranteed to not only learn, but to grow throughout the year!” - David Surdovel, Tomball ISD Director of Math 

Bialorucki is the third straight Tomball ISD state math finalist​, following Amy Edmondson (grade 7 from WWJHS in 2018-2019) and Desirae Harcrow (Kindergarten from TCES in 2019-2020). Tomball ISD has also had three straight science state finalists with Allison Bearden (grade 6 from OIS in 2017-2018), Markaela van Putten (Biology from THS in 2018-2019), and Kelli Abueita (grade 5 from CES in 2019-2020). 

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. 

For additional information about the PAEMST program, visit

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 19,000 students at 21 campuses.

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