Position: Math Instructional Lead Teacher
School: Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School
School District: Prince George's County Public Schools
City, State: Bowie, MD
Music that Describes Sameano
Dr. Sameano Porchea Bond was nominated by Tanya Dooley, the parent of a student.
Dr. Porchea Bond inherited an entire group of eighth grade students who were woefully unprepared for Algebra. When the students were in seventh grade, their school struggled to find and retain solid math teachers. As a result, the students received little to no instruction or knowledge with regards to math. In came Dr. Porchea Bond. She listened to her students' parents and vowed to bridge the gap for the students. She did that and more!
"My son was a student who loved math and science until his seventh grade year," said Dooley. "Being bored in the classroom...caused him to lose interest in math. Dr. Porchea Bond helped him find his love for math again by encouraging him, praising him when appropriate, and never letting him quit or get discouraged."
Dr. Porchea Bond provided many incentives to keep her students motivated and interested. She taught the material in a variety of ways in an effort to reach each student, regardless of their learning style. She provided real-life situations so students could apply the mathematical concepts being taught. This is key because we often hear youth say they do not understand the importance of certain math concepts because they were not taught or introduced to the real-world application.
Lastly, Dr. Porchea Bond provided information on life after middle school, which included entrance criteria into certain high school programs, scholarship information, and careers which leveraged math. The information she shared with was greatly appreciated by the students and the parents.
"Dr. Porchea Bond demonstrated genuine care for the whole student," said Dooley. "The students not only felt that, but responded to it in a positive way."