Receiving the Presidential Award is a humbling experience and blessing from God. This award represents my colleagues, peer facilitators, administrators, and district mathematics curriculum specialists who have helped me to achieve this distinction by sharing activities through collaboration, observation, and professional development that have enabled my students to become successful mathematicians. It recognizes my desire for students and teachers to become life-long learners in mathematics.

Misty Ruth Pasadena, TX | K-6, Mathematics, 2016

Misty Ruth has been an educator for 20 years and is the Dyslexia and Intervention Teacher at Pomeroy Elementary. She spent 18 years at Adella Young Elementary where she taught kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and fourth grade. She also has taught at J.D. Parks Elementary School. Misty's desire is for students to love exploring and learning about mathematics concepts. She utilizes hands-on activities, music, movement, and differentiated technology to lay the foundation for mathematical knowledge and problem solving during whole group and small group instruction. Number Talks and Talk Moves are used to develop mathematical language and reasoning. Misty has been a guest speaker at the annual Children At Risk luncheon in Houston, and presented a session about launching the Math Workshop Model for primary grades at the Region 4 Mathematics Conference. She has mentored new teachers and facilitated a book study at her campus. Misty has also written curriculum for the Pasadena ISD that include Quick Checks and Choice Boards. She participated in the Elementary Leaders in Mathematics Education Collaborative and Mathematics Assessment Collaborative. Misty earned a B.A., summa cum laude, in interdisciplinary studies, music, and history from Houston Baptist University. She is a certified early childhood through sixth grade teacher.