Eleuterio Timbol

Sloan Awards for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics • 2024

Title and Organization Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, High School for Law Enforcement & Public Safety (HSLEAPS)


Eleuterio Timbol was raised in the Philippines, one of nine children of a homemaker and a mechanic. While he was a bright child, attending high school was out of reach—until he and his mother visited local businesses and successfully secured scholarships. The investment from generous neighbors has led to an incredible return: Mr. Timbol now holds a PhD in Educational Management, is now in his 25th year as a high school teacher, and has helped bring Filipino-American educators to the Philippines in the summer to teach in public schools. For the past 20 years, since moving to the United States, Mr. Timbol has worked at the High School for Law Enforcement and Public Safety, where he currently teaches Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and Trigonometry. In his classes, he makes sure his students have the best chance of success by measuring comprehension in real-time—mid-class, hands go up holding ranked cards, helping Mr. Timbol pair struggling students with those who are confident in the material. Mr. Timbol also created 34 roles that he assigns to students that integrate math with communication and reading skills—for instance, the Facilitator leads the class in discussion and the Summarizer writes an overview of the key points from the day’s lesson. Mr. Timbol, a member of the Association of Filipino-American Teachers of America and the Association of Filipino Teachers in Eastern America, currently serves as the Lead Teacher in the Math Department, overseeing curriculum planning, and he is an instructional support mentor for fellow math teachers in the school.