From left to right: Superintendent of Schools Dr. DeeAnn Powell; Board Vice-President Vickie Morgan; Achieve More Winner Amery McIntosh; Board Member Kenny Fernandez; Think Big Winner Vickie Vallet-McWilliams; Board Secretary Marshall Kendrick; Create Magic Winner Monserrat Ramirez; Board Assistant Secretary Nelda Sullivan and Board Member Fred Roberts.
Together We Can Create Magic Winner Monserrat Ramirez, right, with her principal Steve Fleming.
Rayburn Math Content Specialist Amery McIntosh, District Director of Instructional Technology Vickie Vallet-McWilliams, and Lewis Career and Technical High School Cosmetology Teacher Monserrat Ramirez were named category winners at the Pasadena ISD Together We Can employee recognition luncheon Friday, April 15, at the Frank Braden Educational Carmen Orozco Professional Development Complex.
The Together We Can Employee Recognition Awards serve as an outlet for the staff and faculty of Pasadena ISD to nominate one another for their hard work and dedication which ultimately results in a successful and outstanding school district.
McIntosh was honored with the Achieve More award which is presented to a district employee who is instrumental in contributing to student success or toward the accomplishment of a major school or department goal.
“When I found out I won, all I thought about was the hard work the Sam Rayburn students and teachers have put in all year,” McIntosh said. “The award is really about the teachers and students, I’m just a small piece of the puzzle. This is my first full year in this position, and the transition from teaching has been much easier with the help of my CCS teams and administration. We at Sam Rayburn really believe together we can accomplish anything!”
McIntosh’s contributions to Rayburn have affected the campus in innovative and positive ways. The students look forward to his classroom visits because of his fun and engaging teaching style. One of McIntosh’s students recorded him rapping a mini-lesson on finding slope. The video accumulated over 66,000 views in just a few days. As a math content specialist, he is instrumental in the success of all district students and his personality helps to bring out the best in students as well as teachers.
Vallet-McWilliams received the Think Big award presented to an employee who develops a brilliant idea that changes the way the district, a campus or a department approaches and solves a major issue.
Without Vallet-McWilliams’ persistence, Pasadena ISD would not have the opportunity to be the only district in Texas with the Connect Personalized Learning Program. Her leadership has made an immediate positive contribution to the academic success of the district’s students and the future of the community. Her combination of effort, research, team-building and ability to juggle high stress tasks have helped pioneer next generation learning models in the public sector.
Ramirez was named the winner of the Create Magic award, presented to a district employee who creates an innovative classroom experience or finds a creative way to impact the lives of students, staff and the community.
As a cosmetology instructor in Pasadena ISD for six years, Monserrat Ramirez has helped countless students receive hands-on experience from professionals in the cosmetology industry. This school year, her students had the unique opportunity to dress in the latest fashions and walk the runway during Houston Fashion Week. These students worked with various professionals in the fashion industry on hairstyles, make-up and clothing. She has hosted various events that allow students to hone their craft and create magic through new experiences daily.
The Together We Can award luncheon is an annual event held each spring.