Teachers named best in science and math

February 11, 2011

Two Northside ISD teachers have been named recipients of the San Antonio Mayoral/County Judge Outstanding Science and Mathematics Teaching Award.

Irasemy Ollervides, a fourth grade teacher at Raba Elementary School, and Bonnie Ramos, a math teacher at Holmes High School, were surprised in their classrooms with checks for $1,000 each from the San Antonio Math & Science Education Coalition.

Learn more about the honorees below:

Irasemy Ollervides: fourth grade teacher, Raba Elementary School

"I am so honored," Ollervides said. "My students helped me with the application for this award, so I feel like we earned this award together. It (the award money) is definitely going to benefit them."

When talking about Ollervides' teaching skills, Raba Elementary Principal Belinda Trevino stated, "Irasemy takes into account the needs of every student and designs lessons so each one of them benefits. Her hands-on lessons are designed to allow students to become engaged and interact with science."

Bonnie Ramos: math teacher, Holmes High School

"I feel very fortunate and honored to be chosen as a recipient for this prestigious award," Ramos said. "It's all about creating an excitement about math, while alleviating any fears in math that my students might possess. I want them to love it as much as I do."

"Bonnie literally changes lives for a living," Holmes High School Principal Dennis Ann Strong said. "Her ability to take her students, instill the value of education and math skills along with building positive relationships so that these students value themselves, is quite an accomplishment in itself."

This is the fourth year for the award, which is coordinated by the San Antonio Math & Science Education Coalition, and funded by H-E-B Grocery Co. and Kelly Aviation.

The award was established to honor quality math and science teachers in San Antonio or Bexar County in their first five years of teaching. A total of 12 teachers (two elementary, two middle, and two high school teachers in mathematics and in science) were selected.

Winners will be honored at an Awards Ceremony on Feb. 22, which will include Mayor Julian Castro, County Judge Nelson Wolff, and will feature Greg Hall, the engineer/hero of the Chilean Miners' Rescue Effort.