Congratulations to Mrs. S. Almas
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Thursday, January 07, 2016
Teacher of the Year - 2017
Teacher of the Year - 2017

Congratulations to Mrs. Almas for being selected Central Middle School's Teacher of the Year for 2017!!


I grew up with my four siblings in a strict educational South Asian family where my father was

medical doctor and my mother was teacher then housewife.  So I completed my Master degree in Bio-

Chemistry at the age of 22. At that time I got married and moved to United States with my husband Asif

Rana.  I took few educational classes at university of Pan-American now UTRGV and got license in middle

school math.  I taught three years 7th grade math, then moved to 8th grade math and Algebra one. This

is my 3rd year at Central Middle School but it is my 11th year teaching for WISD.

21ST Century Learners Initiative

A 21st Century Education Initiative is required in order to teach students how to use critical thinking,

collaboration, communication and creativity along with the Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic.

Incorporate Technology into the Curriculum

My students use TI-84 plus Graphing Calculators throughout the lesson that encourage students to

engage in math.  By downloading TI-84 plus calculator app on the smart phones, it helps students to

accomplish their homework.  I use real world videos/games to introduce the lesson, it engage students

and built their prior knowledge.  The apps like Kahoot and Zipgrade is being used throughout the week

for quick assessment to provide immediate feedback.

Challenges with the Initiative or Technology

Technology is much more easily used in other subjects than Math. It’s not easy to looking for activities

that incorporate technology which aligned to the new TEKS.  The biggest challenge, not every student

have computer and internet access at home.  So without proper tech tools, it limited to complete online

Students Response

The incorporation of technology allows all levels of students to participate actively, got feelings of pride

to accomplish things, establish ongoing learning habit, and took control of their own learning.

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