CHARLOTTE – Tyler Erb earned Southwest Teacher of the Year honors from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in part for his work outside of the classroom to build a better, more equitable math program.
Erb has taught at Community House Middle School for six years.
He realized early on that he had brilliant students whose parents had exposed them to math at a young age. But with 1,800 students at Community House, he figured there were students that had just as much potential without that level of support.
Erb started a math club, which helped increase enrollment in more advanced math classes.
A couple of years later, he reached out to feeder elementary schools and worked with their talent development teachers to prepare fifth-graders for taking accelerated math classes once at Community House.
This resulted in a Math I advanced class for the sixth grade.
He’s also worked to promote the Math Counts program at other schools to help them see math outside the classroom, as well as partnered with a professor at UNC Charlotte to host a math camp and scholarship program for the camp.
“Equity means providing schools with the resources they need to succeed,” Erb said. “That is not going to look the same for every school. Certain schools are going to need more than others, but we know that no matter what those students need and what those schools need, the outcome can be the same – high levels of math achievement.”
Erb was one of six finalists for CMS Teacher of the Year, which was won by Kimberly Tuttle, of Levine Middle College High School. Other finalists were Precious Kotte, Metro School; Cherelle Phelps, West Charlotte High; Nancy Pursley, Huntersville Elementary; and Alicianna Smith, Stoney Creek Elementary.
“Our students are what matter most,” CMS Chief Academic Officer Brian Kingsley said. “These six teachers have a deep and demonstrated investment in our mission in public education to teach every student who comes to us no matter what.”
Did you know?
Union County Public Schools named Tyler Erb’s wife, Ashley Erb, as its 2018-19 Teacher of the Year for her work at West Union Elementary School in Waxhaw.