Bryon Demerson, Lead National Faculty - Math has a passion for providing students with meaningful learning experiences. In his 12 years working at two Title 1 schools in Houston, Texas, Bryon has served as an eighth grade Math teacher, eighth grade STEM Math teacher, ESL intermediate math teacher, STEM Program Coordinator, basketball and football coach, and Math Instructional Coach. During his time as a teacher, Bryon consistently produced high student achievement results. With a unique approach to instruction and a “don’t tell me what my kids can’t do” mentality, he encouraged his students to become intrinsically motivated to achieve significant growth not only in his class, but also in reaching personal goals. Through the facilitation of PBL experiences in the classroom, Bryon married content and core values to develop essential life skills necessary to become problem solvers in society. He used projects to encourage his students to push outside their comfort zone, persevere when faced with difficulty, and actively engage in their passions to impact the world around them. For instance, during his “A Cause for Change” project, three boys presented their plan to raise awareness and money to impact racial injustice to Superintendents and School Board Members throughout the State of Texas.
As a Math Instructional Coach, Bryon provided campus and district professional development, equipping math teachers with strategies and teacher practices to build 21st century life skills and content knowledge within the math classroom. He served on the District Vision 2030 Sprint Team and Intermediate Education Think Tank with a focus on providing a more engaging and relevant experience for intermediate school students. Bryon constantly works to challenge and empower teachers. As a result, the 21-22 and 22-23 District Secondary Teacher of the Year were on his campus math team.
Bryon is a graduate of Texas Southern University with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Math 4th-8th). He constantly works to foster the mindset, “It’s the discovery and productive struggle connected to relevant and authentic learning opportunities that produce magical experiences in the classroom!”