Daniel Uyechi (CO '07)
Math SpecialistSierra Middle School
At the time of the Award, Daniel Uyechi was:Teacher
Sierra Middle School
Subject(s) taught: Mathematics
Grade(s): 7, 8
Math specialist Daniel Uyechi's highly effective teaching has helped raise math achievement at Sierra Middle School in Parker. To help improve performance on the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP), Uyechi implemented a strategy called PoP (Power of Pairs), in which highly successful Algebra I students are paired during the school's extended learning time with students in Pre-Algebra who need tutoring. As a result, both groups of students showed gains in math ability and understanding. When several of his students' literacy skills were hampering their understanding of a newly adopted math textbook, Uyechi collaborated with the school's literacy teacher to develop reading strategies for those students. As a result of his outstanding instruction, his students consistently achieve high scores on the district-wide end-of-year algebra assessment. As chair of the math department for two years, Uyechi led teachers in developing common standards-based assessments and a curriculum map to align the curriculum at Sierra. He was subsequently appointed to lead a Vertical Math Team to align the curriculum for all grades in the feeder area.