Pamela Garrison Elias

Clinical Associate Professor / Master Teacher, UTeach Austin
Office Location: 
PAI 4.04
Postal Address: 
120 Inner Campus Drive Stop G2550 | Austin, TX 78712-1255

Pam started with the UTeach Program as the original mathematics Master Teacher in January 2001. She works now with Student Teaching (last field experience for students completing the UTeach Program) and Mathematics Courses. Pam coordinates the evaluation of student portfolios and assists students in obtaining teaching jobs after graduation. Every spring semester (since 2003) she coordinates the UTeach – France exchange program where teachers from France come to Austin to shadow and observe student teachers and afterward the participating student teachers travel to France to observe their hosted French student teacher.

After being a Teaching Assistant and Supplemental Instructor at the University of Texas at Austin, Pam taught mathematics in middle school and high school in Austin ISD. She also taught developmental mathematics courses at Austin Community College for several years. Since 1998, Pam has taught mathematics courses for the University of Texas at Austin. She is specifically interested in special populations of students who either struggle in mathematics or students who are ready for the challenges of mathematics but have come from other countries and are not fluent with mathematics taught in English. During her years at the University of Texas at Austin, Pam has served as an academic advisor in Engineering and a mathematics learning specialist.

Most people don’t know this about me: I am passionate about roller skating as a social experience as well as a great way to stay fit. You will often find me Tuesday nights at Playland Skate Center participating in adult skate night!

Favorite quote: I come from a family with strong beliefs in education and that everyone can make a difference in the world. In addition to having basic rules – “Work Hard, Contribute, and Treat Others with Dignity” my family motto is “Deeds not Words.”

My hidden talent: I am actually a pretty good roller skater…if I must admit that out loud.

What I wanted to be when I grew up: I have always wanted to be a teacher. I did not initially know what subject I wanted to teach, but I always wanted to help others learn in hopes that they could take that knowledge to improve their own lives.

Best advice someone ever gave me: Not that I have always taken the advice, but good advice for me that I constantly think about is “PAUSE, LISTEN, and THINK” and you will learn more, respond better, and live happier.

What I need to do to have a good day: At the end of the day, if my children have gotten where they need to go with what they need and I still have my sanity….then it has been a good day.

Hobbies: I love to skate, swim, play board games, play video games (Fable 2 – best video game ever!), and take time to enjoy life, family, and friends whenever I can!

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