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Keri Pearson, Dental Hygiene Teacher of the Year

2012 Teacher of the Year

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Keri Pearson, clinical assistant professor in dental hygiene; Shelley Burleson, 2012 dental hygiene
graduate; and Dr. Jonathan Clemetson, president of the Baylor College of Dentistry Alumni Association.

Media Resources/Steven Doll

After 20 years in dental hygiene, this faculty member is appreciated for making a difference in the professional and personal lives of her students

Keri Pearson is an assistant clinical professor in Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry’s Caruth School of Dental Hygiene. She joined the clinical faculty in 1993 after completing her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene at Baylor College of Dentistry in 1992. She previously received the Dental Hygiene Teacher-of-the-Year Award in 2007.

Pearson is a past president of the Dallas Dental Hygienists’ Society, in which she has held numerous elected offices. She also is a past president of Sigma Phi Alpha’s beta chapter and a former board member of the Baylor College of Dentistry Alumni Association. She is employed as a dental hygienist in the offices of Dr. Mark Santamaria in DeSoto, Texas, and Dr. Jessie Andrews in Mansfield, Texas.

“It is such an honor to accept the Teacher-of-the-Year Award,” says Pearson. “This graduation marks the anniversary of my 20 years as a dental hygienist. I have enjoyed every year that I have been blessed to serve my students and the public. 

“I have been teaching for 19 years and am thankful for the opportunity to pass on to the students what I have learned from my years of practice. I love teaching and hopefully am making a difference, both professional and personal, in the lives of students.”

Upon her graduation in 1992, Pearson received the Phillip Earle Williams Award and an honorable mention for outstanding achievement in community dentistry in the American Association of Public Health Dentistry Student Merit Award Competition. She has remained involved with her alma mater, serving on the Caruth School of Dental Hygiene 50th Anniversary Committee in 2004-2005.

Her devotion to service is evident: “I want my students to be competent clinicians as well as compassionate individuals,” she says.

Pearson is thankful for the support of her husband, Ron; son, Dominique; and parents, colleagues and friends.