This award is a reflection of the influence of my family and all the phenomenal teachers, mentors, colleagues, and students that have taught me how to learn from my mistakes and make each new day better. It is also a powerfully encouraging reminder on the days when I feel weary that my passion for teaching is not overlooked or in vain. I have more confidence in my abilities as an educator and the reflective practices needed to improve my art as if a new vibrant chapter has begun in my career.

Bridget Matamoros-Mota Denton, TX | 7-12, Mathematics, 2019

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

Bridget Matamoros-Mota began her teaching career at John H. Guyer High School 12 years ago. She currently serves as the Mathematics Department Chair teaching 11th and 12th grade Statistics, Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics, and Dual Credit Statistics. Insistent on greeting every student daily with a high five, handshake, or hug, Bridget lives by the mantra that students do not care what she knows until they know she cares. She strives to bring energy and relevance to the study of mathematics by incorporating global current events, daily group collaboration, the use of statistical software, and an occasional costume. Bridget is the founder and coach of the Mu Alpha Theta mathematics team whose students have competed at tournaments across the country including at Rice University and Johns Hopkins University. She is also the founder and coach of the robotics team which has competed at the state championship tournament multiple times, winning various accolades. As a member of her campus academic leadership team, Bridget frequently leads professional development on formative assessment strategies and has presented at conferences around the North Texas region. She has led several workshops on statistics instruction for middle school mathematics teachers in her school district, and regularly presents her original exemplary lessons to fellow AP Statistics teachers at the AP Reading where she has scored exams for five years. Bridget earned a B.A. in music and a M.Ed. in secondary education from the University of North Texas and a Master of Applied Statistics degree from the Pennsylvania State University. She is certified in 8–12 mathematics and English as a Second Language.

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