Eads Award

TASM-Eads Leadership Excellence Award

Dr. Tommy Eads
Dr. Tommy Eads

Dr. Tommy Glover Eads, a former TASM member, served mathematics education as a teacher, mentor, supervisor and friend for many years. The TASM-Eads Excellence Award was established to provide the Texas Association of Supervisors of Mathematics with a way to annually recognize a current TASM member who has made the same kind of dedicated and unique contribution to mathematics education as Tommy Eads.

Dr. Eads taught mathematics and served as the Technology Coordinator in the North Lamar Independent School District. He also taught for Fannindel High School, Paris Junior College, the University of Texas at Tyler, East Texas State University - Texarkana, as was Research Assistant at the University of Denver. He served with Texas Instruments as a T3 (Teachers Teaching with Technology) Instructor and workshop leader. Dr. Eads was well known for his work as an independent consultant in mathematics and computer education in the U.S. and Canada.

Dr. Eads' service in Texas includes the Mathematics Curriculum Committee, the Evaluation Committee for the mathematics exit level TAAS test, Advisory Committee for Mathematics Staff Development Modules, and the geometry/algebra/precalculus Textbook Committee, and the Exhibits Chairperson for the Texas Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching (CAMT).

Outside of Texas, Dr. Eads served on the Program Committee of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and was a Director/Teacher for the Field test site for the National Science Foundation at Ohio State University. He also served as Director/Teacher for the Core Plus Mathematics Project at Western Michigan University and was a textbook author for Addison-Wesley Publishers. Dr. Eads was a Presenter at the International Conference in Technology at the University of Birmingham, England. He also presented at NCTM national and regional conferences.

Dr. Eads twice received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 1986 and 1989 and was the recipient of the Texas Excellence Award for Outstanding High School Teachers in 1995.

2016 Award Recipient

Debbie Perry
Debbie Perry

Congratulations to Debbie Perry, our 2016 Tommy Eads Award recipient! Debbie has made numerous contributions at the local level in Midway ISD where her goal is to empower and equip teachers to become teacher-leaders, as well as to respond to the voice of the experts in mathematics classrooms. Her contributions include an Algebra Readiness Camp for rising eighth grade students and New Standards Math Nights for parents to learn about the math standards.

Debbie demonstrates her support for mathematics educators and mathematics education at the regional and state level by serving on regional and state Mathematics Boards including the CTCTM Executive Board, Baylor Professional Development Schools Steering Committee, Baylor Mathematics Education Partnership Team, and Baylor GT Advisory Panel, TASM Executive Board, CAMT Executive Board Member, TEA PAEMST Review Panel, PAEMST Mentor, TEA Educator Review Panel, TEA Secondary Mathematics EOC Standard-Setting Committee, and MSTAR/ESTAR Item Writing Team.

Debbie's commitment to professional growth and the growth she encourages in others has been acknowledged through several honors. Debbie was the recipient of the SMU Impact in Leadership award in 2016, and in 2014 she was selected for the TCTM Writer’s Conference. In 2009, Debbie was named the Region 8 Secondary Teacher of the Year and she was a State Finalist for Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year. In 2007, Debbie served as the Region 8 Gifted Teacher of the Year.

Past Award Recipients

  • 2015 Faith Schwope
  • 2014 Jennifer Hylemon
  • 2013 Jean Frankie
  • 2012 Caren Sorrells
  • 2011 Jim Wohlgehagen
  • 2010 Jacqueline Weilmuenster
  • 2009 Cathy Seeley
  • 2007 Patsy Rambo
  • 2006 Susan Hull
  • 2005 Bonnie McNemar
  • 2004 Diane McGowan
  • 2003 Barbara Montalto

2017 Nominations (Deadline: May 15, 2017)

The TASM-Eads Excellence Award was established to provide the Texas Association of Supervisors of Mathematics with a way to annually recognize a current TASM member who has made the same kind of dedicated and unique contribution to mathematics education as Dr. Tommy Eads.