Westchester Academy 2013 Teacher of the Year - Maureen Fertitta-Andrews

Maureen Fertitta-Andrews
Westchester Academy for International Studies
Math/Science, Grades 9-12

Education: University of Houston, Master’s of Business Administration, 1982, University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, 1977, Texas A&M University, Bachelor of Arts (in what area?), 1977

Teaching History: Westchester Academy, Math/Science, Grades 9-12, 2000-2013, Alexander-Smith Academy, Houston, TX, Math, Grades 9-12, 1995-1999, Austin Community College, Math, Freshmen/Sophomores, 1994-1995, Tenney School, Houston, TX, Math/Business

In her own words: “We in Spring Branch ISD have embarked on an exciting mission called T-2-4. Each of our Advisory Teachers presents lessons regarding various types of post-secondary positions, whether it be a T-technical school, a 2-year degree or a 4-year degree. Our students are becoming more aware of what it takes to obtain each of these avenues for life.”

In the words of others: “She is dynamic, dedicated and devoted to teaching her students. Maureen takes time to build relationships with her students and strives to help them as they prepare for life beyond WAIS(Westchester Academy). She holds them to the highest academic standards and expects them to be accountable for their learning.” Westchester Academy Interim Director Nancy Bertin

“Maureen continues to stretch herself in her chosen profession, and never rests until students are provided with innovative, challenging coursework. She is an active member of our teaching community and volunteers with a variety of committees and teams. In the middle of all this, she maintains an incredibly positive and optimistic demeanor that is a beacon for all.” Mechiel Rozas, Assistant Director Upper School, Westchester Academy

“Maureen sees herself as a continuous learner and is always looking for ways to help her students be successful. She looks for ways to increase her repertoire of instructional strategies so she is prepared to help all students learn the material. Her classroom is an exciting place to be with students actively engaged in the learning process.” Pamela Butler, Executive Director, Secondary Teaching and Learning

Selected Honors, Recognitions & Activities:
Phi Kappa Phi, Honor Society
Teach Houston Program, University of Houston
Lead Math/Science Teacher for 1st Year International Baccalaureate Program
Math Coordinator for International Baccalaureate Program Implementation
Youth Inspired Award, Northbrook High School, 2006


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