TROY — Kathy McIntosh wears many hats throughout the community as well as at Troy City Schools, where she serves as Director of Bands and the Music Department Head.
Under her leadership, the Troy Marching Band is only one of five bands in the state to reach State Finals for 31 years. Now, she has a new award: 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Educator award.
McIntosh learned during the fall parent competition show that she had won. She said she had just turned to the student leaders in charge of the drum majors and told them to get started when Superintendent Eric Herman came up to the stage, stopped everything and made the announcement.
“I was totally surprised about the whole thing,” she said, followed by a laugh. “I was actually scared because the superintendent, while he comes to a lot of things for us, he’s never ever stopped a performance right in the middle so I didn’t know what was going on at first.”
After Herman made the announcement, McIntosh said the fear switched to surprise.
From her understanding, McIntosh said that someone could nominate a teacher who lives in Troy, regardless of whether they teach at Troy City Schools or not. She said she learned a parent had nominated her, although she does not know who.
As was noted from the nomination, McIntosh said her goal with the band is to create an open environment so all kinds of students can feel welcome and be a part of band.
“I don’t think I’ve done anything different than what I have always done,” she said. “I just work hard and try to make band an open community so we have a variety of all different kinds of kids. I try to be welcoming to all the kids who want to be involved.”
Outstanding Educator is an honor which McIntosh expressed her gratitude for, as well as the support of parents for the band and teachers in general.
“It’s nice that the community understands the importance of education in a child’s life and the community is supportive of education and teachers,” she said. “In this day and age, that’s a very nice thing to know because it’s not the case everywhere. It’s nice to know people appreciate what we do as educators.”
McIntosh will be awarded during the Recognition Dinner on Nov. 19.
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