It is such an honor to be considered for the highest distinction given to mathematics and science educators. This prestigious award validates all the years advancing my own education and the endless hours and energy spent to ensure my students excel in the area of mathematics. My personal commitment to teaching and education will continue forward, using best practices to meet the needs of all my students — as if they were one of my own.  

Tina Parker Eau Claire, WI | K-6, Mathematics, 2014

Tina Parker has been an educator for 15 years and has spent the last two years as a kindergarten through fifth grade interventionist at Southview and Hillcrest Elementary Schools. Previously, she taught at Sam Davey Elementary School in the Eau Claire Area School District. Tina has a strong commitment to her students with achievement and learning always foremost. She believes that all students can learn, and differentiated instructional practices meet all student needs. "Math talk" is implemented within her lessons, focusing on developing mathematical understanding by all students within a helping community. Tina creates an inquiry environment and encourages discussion of problem-solving methods through solving, explaining, questioning, and justifying mathematical strategies. Tina serves as a mathematics coach and district mathematics cadre representative and provides districtwide support to teachers, all while teaching in the classroom full-time. Other roles include benchmark and progress monitoring data to be collected, analyzed, and presented during grade level collaboration meetings. Tina has had extensive training in Math Add+VantageMR and contributes this knowledge to her success. Tina has a B.S., summa cum laude, in early childhood education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a M.S. in education with a reading and mathematics specialization from Walden University.