RISD Secondary Math Education Specialist Gets UTD Alumni Award

Amiee Himler, RISD’s Teaching and Learning Secondary Math Specialist, received the inaugural University of Texas at Dallas Science Mathematics Education Alumni of the Year award.

Amiee was a member of the first UTeach Dallas cohort and holds a bachelor’s in Mathematics from UTD.

As a Terry Scholar, she demonstrated academic achievement, dedication to service, and leadership from her first days at UTD, according to Bill Gammons, a master teacher of math at the Richardson college. Himler is back at UTD currently working toward a master’s in math education.

Mary Urquhart (r) presents Amiee Himler with a UTD alumni award.

She mentors current UTeach Dallas students and participates in the Texas Regional Mathematics Collaborative. Amiee also runs UTD workshops for Induction teachers — those in the first three years of teaching math. 
 “As she invests in the next generation of STEM teachers, Amiee exemplifies the heart of UTeach Dallas,” Gammons says. “We could not be more proud of this alumni, and we always enjoy her visits and hearing about her successes.”

Amiee taught math at Richardson and Lake Highlands high schools and served as department chair, at LHHS as well. Her skill at curriculum writing and as a staff development presenter prompted the district to promote her to Instructional Specialist for K-12 Mathematics.

“Thanks to what I learned through the UTeach Program, my classroom has always been student-centered, focused on giving students the opportunity to collaborate with their peers as they explore mathematics using hands-on manipulatives,” Himler says.

Denise Beutel, RISD executive director of teaching and learning services, said Amiee is a thoughtful leader who is committed to supporting secondary math teachers.

“She loves math! And works to enhance our curriculum documents with rich and relevant resources,” Beutel says. “She also supports campus teachers by providing professional learning. Amiee leads with her heart. Her commitment and passion for supporting students makes our entire team better.”

Dr. Mary Urquhart heads the UTD Department of Science & Mathematics Education and is director of UTeach Dallas. She said Amiee was one of the first four graduates of UTeach Dallas, the university’s secondary STEM teacher preparation program.

“Amiee is our first graduate to serve on our departmental advisory committee, alongside school district leaders from several local school districts, Region 10 representatives, corporate and community representatives, and UT Dallas STEM faculty,” Urquhart says.

“In every way, Amiee has exemplified what it means to be an outstanding student, teacher, and leader to her peers. We at UT Dallas could not be more proud of her, and it has been a pleasure to watch her bloom into the teacher leader she is today.”