This award is the pinnacle of my career. I am honored and truly humbled. This award was not possible without the amazing students I have had the privilege of teaching, my colleagues, the administrators who supported me, and the support of my family. This award gives me a national platform to promote Kagan cooperative learning which took me from a burned-out teacher at year eight of my career to a teacher who loves teaching and to promote inquiry-based learning which makes teaching fun.

Becky Bride Palm Harbor, FL | 7-12, Mathematics, 2019

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

Becky Bride has been an educator for 32 years and has spent the last 24 years teaching high school mathematics at Palm Harbor University High School. She previously taught at Tarpon Springs High School for two years and Countryside High School for six years. Becky currently teaches in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. She teaches Advanced Placement Calculus AB to juniors and IB Calculus and Descriptive Statistics to seniors. A champion of learning by discovery, Becky guides her students in completing activities designed to help them discover mathematical concepts. She is also a firm believer in Kagan cooperative learning activities in which students process the concepts they learn. She believes in these activities so much that she has written four books for teachers that have discovery and cooperative learning activities ready to use for Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. She has presented workshops at the local, state, and national levels sharing these activities. Becky sponsored the mathematics honor society, Mu Alpha Theta, for four years and her school hosted two statewide and one regional competition. To encourage the love of mathematics for fourth through eighth graders, the honor society annually hosts a mathematics competition for them. Becky earned her B.A. and M.A. in mathematics education from the University of South Florida. She is certified in 6–12 mathematics education and fifth through ninth grade language arts education.