Santos named only Texas educator to advance to 2018 national teacher certification competition

Santos named only Texas educator to advance to 2018 national teacher certification competition
Posted on 09/27/2017
Santos named only Texas educator to advance to 2018 national teacher certification competition

Santos named only Texas educator to advance to 2018 national teacher certification competition
Santos Macias (middle) named top five finalist in National  Association for Alternative Certification (NAAC) Outstanding New Educator competition. 


By Reesha Brown
PISD Communications

Pasadena High School culinary arts teacher Santos Macias was recently named one of the top five finalists in the 2018 National Association for Alternative Certification’s (NAAC) Outstanding New Educator competition.

The program annually honors three individuals – an intern, new teacher and resident – who show passion and commitment to educating students.

Macias was the only finalist selected to represent the State of Texas in the final round, where he will have a chance to win the NAAC’s distinguished Haberman award, given to an outstanding new teacher. The top three national winners will be announced in December.

“I’m still in shock, but incredibly grateful,” said Macias upon learning of the recognition.

TACA’s Top Three

Macias advanced to the national competition after earning third place in the Texas Alternative Certification Association’s (TACA) Intern of the Year program last school year, which annually recognizes three outstanding interns for their contributions to students.

He was selected from a pool of 25,000 newly certified teachers across the state based on a rigorous application process that involved submitting a ten-minute video of classroom instruction, an essay, a lesson plan, a student outcomes piece, three letters of recommendation and a two-page paper.

As part of his recognition, Macias will receive a trophy and a $1,000 grant on behalf of TACA when he is honored at the state conference in October.

A graduate of Pasadena High School’s Class of 2012 and former chef, Macias returned to his alma mater a few years ago to share his love of culinary arts with students as an intern in the district’s Alternative Teaching Certification Program (ATCP).

“It’s special to be able to come back and share my passion with students. That’s the best part about having an opportunity to teach,” Macias said.

Cooking was one of the many qualities that captured the attention of PHS teachers, including ATCP mentor Charlotte Manning who nominated the aspiring educator for the award.

“As a student, I could give him a recipe and he would turn it into something amazing. When the dish was done, teachers would flock here,” she said.

The PHS culinary arts program has expanded over the years, according to Manning, thanks to Macias’ contributions. “I have to say, he brings so much value to the classroom and to the kitchen. He’s picked up on my teaching and made it his own.”

The student has literally become the teacher as Macias completed the necessary requirements to earn his teaching certification through the Pasadena ISD ATCP program, putting him in the running for the National Association for Alternative Certification’s new educator recognition.

Pasadena ISD’s ATCP

Through the PISD alternative certification program, interns have the opportunity to become certified teachers while working full-time in the classroom. In order to be considered for the internship, individuals must complete a series of state requirements that involve 300 hours of training, field observations, etc. After students have been accepted into the program, they are assigned to a campus to complete their probationary year.

PISD hires roughly 70 teachers per school year from the ATCP program.

To learn how to apply to the Pasadena ISD ATCP program, please visit: https://www.pasadenaisdatcp.org/.

Association for Alternative Certification’s (NAAC) Outstanding New Educator competition.

Pictured (from left to right): Eric Brown, ATCP instructional specialist; Charlotte Manning, PHS mentor;  Santos Macias, NAAC top five finalist; Erica Nations, PHS assistant principal and; Joe Saavedra, PHS principal.