Pasadena Memorial High School algebra teacher Amery McIntosh has been named the Texas Alternative Certification Association's New Teacher Intern of the Year.
In addition, McIntosh has been nominated for the National Association of Alternative Certification New Teacher of the Year award and will represent Texas in the competition.
"It's a great honor to receive, but I consider it an award for the district because it says a lot about the ATCP program and Pasadena Memorial itself," McIntosh said.
McIntosh, a graduate of South Houston High School, has had a long journey to becoming a teacher. "As a child we moved around a lot and I went to eight different elementary schools. I finally found my home in Pasadena," he said.
Throughout his childhood, McIntosh consistently had teachers who took a personal interest in his future and helped shape who he is today. Inspired by his teachers, McIntosh tries to influence his students in similar ways.
McIntosh has changed the way students learn algebra by implementing different teaching techniques such as singing songs and attending after school activities to help motivate students. Currently, he teaches an algebra course that gives students another chance to get algebra credit without having to attend summer school.
"It's good to be back in the district, I'm trying to do what my teachers did for me," McIntosh says.
Pasadena ISD's Alternative Teaching Certification Program is in its 20th year and has certified thousands of teachers and has 80 interns throughout the district. This year was the first year that the program nominated interns, nominating McIntosh and Morris Middle School sixth grade bilingual teacher Sarah Becker.
For more information on Pasadena ISD's ATCP program, please contact Pam Grossman at (713) 740- 0030 or email@example.com.