Welcome to another edition of our volunteer recognition program, Volunteer of the Month. Do you know an ATPE member who goes above and beyond the call of duty in both their commitment to ATPE and public education? Send us their name and they just might be featured!
Meet March’s Volunteer of the Month, Louis Mascolo!
What is your job title? Where do you work? How long have you been in this role?
I am a classroom teacher of physics and aeroscience engineering at Kingwood High School currently housed in Summer Creek High School, thanks to Hurricane Harvey. Next year will be my 30th year teaching high school students.
How long have you been an ATPE member? Why did you choose ATPE?
I have been an ATPE member for many years because of the advocacy and protection that ATPE provides. Great mentors, such as Gayle Sampley, have encouraged me to become a member and even be the president of our local Humble ISD chapter.
What made you want to be an educator?
I started teaching country western dancing after college and realized that teaching means changing lives no matter what you are teaching. I then went back for my master’s in education to teach chemistry.
What’s one thing you would change about your job if money were no object?
If money were no object, I think that smaller classroom sizes would make the best impact on teaching and learning. It would help develop positive relationships and more personalized education. It would prevent students from falling through the cracks and feeling invisible. I also think a side benefit would be less teacher burnout.
Share your favorite moment as an educator.
Having a team win State Science UIL two years in a row is one of my favorite moments.
What’s your favorite Texas vacation?
I love to go to Big Bend National Park with family and friends to hike the trails and see God’s glory and majesty in the mountains, desert, and silence.
Want to learn more about this program or have questions about how you can be an ATPE volunteer? Email our volunteer program coordinator, Anna Belle Burleson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.