Dr. Leanne Ketterlin Geller presented Debbie Hunter Perry with the Research in Mathematics Education (RME) 2016 Research-to-Practice Impact in Leadership Award at the 5th annual RME Conference, held on Friday, February 19.
“Deb’s contributions to the mathematics community are substantial. Her commitment to supporting the learning of every child and the growth of every teacher has been an inspiration for our entire team,” said Dr. Ketterlin Geller.
Perry is the Mathematics Coordinator for Midway ISD, located near Waco, Texas. She has been in education for 25 years, and has served at Midway for 15. She has taught mathematics at the elementary, middle, high school, and higher education levels, and implemented many new training initiatives that engage and empower teachers to deepen their content knowledge in order to make wise decisions about instruction. She was named one of three finalists in 2009 as the Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year, and she is an executive board member of CAMT, TASM, and CTCTM.
Perry was nominated based on her demonstrated commitment to
- cultivating the research-to-practice relationship through implementation of systems-level research-based practices and contribution to research;
- supporting students’ mathematics achievement through leadership;
- supporting teachers professional knowledge of mathematics content and/or evidence-based pedagogical practices;
- innovative thinking focused on supporting teachers and systems through a change process to improve student outcomes; and
- supporting systems-level implementation of data-informed decision making.
Perry accepted the award with her superintendent, Dr. George Kazanas, and assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, Dr. Brent Merritt in attendance.