by DeLaSalle | | Headlines

Congratulations to Math teacher, Mr. David Pearson, who has been named an Honor Teacher finalist by the Minnesota Independent School Forum. Pearson earned the honor in the high school category and is one of three finalists for the award, which will be announced at an April 24 ceremony at the University of St. Thomas.

Pearson “has been pivotal in leading the technology evolution that has become prevalent in all of our classrooms,” Principal Jim Benson said in nominating him for the honor.

Pearson became the first teacher in school history to integrate blended learning activities for the benefit of his students. He created a video on iTunes U for each lesson in his Honors Algebra II class so students could review the lesson as they completed their homework. The practice won rave reviews from students and parents – and led to a 13-percent increase in the number of students who earned an ‘A’ from one year to the next.

Students in Pearson’s classes are arranged in pods, which fosters collaboration by encouraging students to talk about and engage in the practice of math. Using erasable markers, students can work through math problems right on their desks with their classmates. Pearson is also known to sing math equations or use body movements to represent math signs and operations.

“Dave is a master at differentiating his teaching to reach students who have different learning needs,” Benson said. He has “shown tremendous effectiveness because his pedagogical style is one that leads to success for his students.”

As a member of the school’s technology committee and Canvas training team, Pearson has shared his insights with fellow teachers, many of whom have become better at integrating technology into the classroom because of his mentorship.

Pearson has served in several roles outside the classroom in his 16 years at DeLaSalle, including as a cross country and track-and-field coach and Colorado service trip chaperone. Most recently, Pearson has co-moderated Technovation, a program which challenges young women to create mobile applications to solve problems as part of a national competition. The program’s goal is to close the gender gap in computer science by inspiring and educating girls and young women on entrepreneurship, design and engineering in a fun and supportive environment.