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.

2017 Award Recipient

With 30 years in math education, Jerri LaMirand is currently serving as Director of STEM for all grades in Eanes ISD in Austin, Texas. Before moving to Austin, she lived in Richmond, Texas, as a mathematics teacher, department head and administrator for Fort Bend ISD. With the onset of the new math standards, Jerri formed a consortium of math leaders in Central Texas to collaborate and to create resources to support the new math standards. She has presented to the State Board of Education several times over the last few years to support math teachers.

J LaMirand HeadShot 2017Jerri also demonstrates her support for mathematics educators by serving on several committees and boards:

  • National Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching Committee for the National Science Foundations
  • Texas Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching Committee for TEA
  • Austin Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics Board
  • Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics Board

She currently serves as the Vice-President for the Texas Association for Supervisors of Mathematics and is a co-chair for the Secondary Teachers Enhancing Performance for Students, STEPS, at the Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teachers, CAMT.

 

Past Award Recipients
  • 2016 Debbie Perry
  • 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

2018 Nominations

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.