Many teachers give their heart and soul to this profession and to their students, knowing that their contributions may never be formally recognized. A recent heartfelt thank you note from a former student facing the challenges of MIT felt like validation enough for my entire career. This makes the honor of a Presidential Award incredibly humbling, and I share it with all of the students, teachers, administrators, and parents who have inspired and challenged me to be better.
Patty Hill has been teaching mathematics at Kealing Middle School for 18 years. She currently teaches Algebra I, Algebra II, and an elective she created called Math in the Arts.
Patty transformed her classroom using the flipped learning model, creating an environment where students learn that perseverance and hard work will be rewarded with improved confidence in their problem solving abilities and a deep understanding of mathematics. She designs engaging activities and projects in which students learn through communication and collaboration, acquire new skills in a safe environment, and are challenged to take intellectual risks. She believes that the flipped learning model can transform education by creating a level playing field for students of all backgrounds.
Patty is a founding member of the Math Teachers’ Circle of Austin which advocates for the incorporation of authentic problem solving into the classroom. She has presented both problem solving strategies and flipped learning at local and state conferences. In addition, she has trained and mentored teachers to implement the flipped model. Patty is also working with Querium to develop an artificial intelligence that provides adaptive tutoring and student problem solving analytics for teachers.
Patty graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in mathematics. She is certified to teach 6–12 Mathematics.