The Presidential Award is a recognition not just for me but for my colleagues in the Charlotte area mathematics community. This award is a huge honor for me—highlighting the work and dedication that my students show every day and their commitment to strive for excellence in mathematics. Being included in this prestigious group of educators is humbling. The award will further inspire me to mentor other educators and strengthen the impact mathematics can have in our community of diverse learners.

Tyler Erb Charlotte, NC | 7-12, Mathematics, 2019

The official biography below was current at the time of the award.

Tyler Erb has spent his seven-year teaching career at Community House Middle School. He currently teaches Mathematics 2 to seventh and eighth grade honors students. In his time at Community House, he has worked closely with all grade levels to develop a rigorous mathematics program. Tyler has a passion for mathematics that extends beyond the traditional classroom. You can find him leading multiple mathematics clubs in the mornings or taking students to local, state, and national competitions on the weekends. When not involved with competitions, he can be found providing enrichment opportunities to students across the district through the Charlotte math club or leading professional development for teachers and coaches with his work at the Charlotte teacher’s circle. During his tenure as the mathematics coach at Community House, his team has finished in the top 10 in MATHCOUNTS State competition every year, placed first and second in the Western Region North Carolina State Mathematics Contest, and competed in MathCon, a national mathematics contest based in Chicago. One of Tyler's main goals as an educator is creating a more equitable learning environment in which all students are exposed to a rigorous mathematics experience having the same opportunities to achieve the highest levels of success. In pursuing that goal, he developed a partnership with the elementary schools to work with fifth graders in developing mathematics skills. In turn, they were able to start a Mathematics 1 curriculum for sixth graders. Tyler was a Meck Ed Teacher of Excellence in 2017. In the 2018–2019 school year, he was Community House Middle School's Teacher of the Year and was a top six finalist in the district. Tyler earned his B.A. in mathematics education at Bowling Green State University.