Campus Secondary 2015 Teacher of the Year - Marcos Altamirano

Marcos Altamirano
Spring Woods Middle School

6th-8th Grade - Orchestra Teacher and Director

University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Miss., Bachelor in Music Performance, 2003
Music Performance Studies at Victoriano Music School, Honduras

Teaching History
Spring Woods Middle School, Music/Orchestra, 2005-Present
Spring Woods Middle, Sumer Adelante Spanish Summer Program
National Music School, Honduras, Bass Teacher, 1994-95
Honduras Symphony Orchestra, Principal Bass player, 1993-97

Total Years in Education - 10 Years

In his own words . . .

“Music gives students the necessary tools and skills to collaborate in small and large groups, and this will help them in any field they choose later in life. Students in band or orchestra are more likely to succeed in other subjects because they do not want to miss any concert or musical contest. Music education can greatly contribute to student intellectual development.”

In the words of others . . .

“Teaching is Marcos’s passion! This easy-going, good humored, inquisitive, intelligent teacher continually seeks to broaden his professional horizon – and it appears so effortless with him. He challenges himself to improve his orchestra classes each year, broadens the programs that he participates in professionally, and is actively participating in professional orchestra concerts around Houston.”
- James Herrington, Spring Oaks Middle Lead Counselor

“He not only teaches, but empowers. His students learn music, but more importantly, they learn how to be musicians. They learn all the little things that will set them apart from others in the future. Characteristics like independence, hard work, dedication, focused practice, and grit.”
- Joseph Maurer, Spring Oaks Middle Math Department Chair


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