FORT BEND ISD (Covering Fort Bend News) –Crockett Middle School teacher Richard Embrick has been named the Association of Texas Professional Educators’ 2018 Secondary Teacher of the Year. The award recognizes ATPE members who demonstrate exceptional or innovative capabilities in their respective fields.
Embrick’s dedication and commitment to providing students with opportunities to engage and excel in STEM learning earned him the ATPE recognition. He was honored at the association’s annual summit, where he received $6,250 and a crystal trophy.
“Being presented with this award is so amazing,” said Embrick. “It represents a dream that came to fruition, thanks to the overwhelming support of my superintendent and principals.”
Embrick teaches Coding and Robotics, as well as Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical and Computing Engineering classes at Crockett. His efforts to expand students’ knowledge and appreciation of STEM learning began in 2012 when he joined Fort Bend ISD.
As a teacher at Crockett back then, Embrick noticed there weren’t many STEM programs available to minority and disadvantaged students. With a dream and his principal’s support, he began teaching a class of 25 students in Coding and Robotics.
“The students did amazing things,” said Embrick. “They went to competitions as the underdogs and came out as winners. People starting believing in me, and I was able to provide students with even more opportunities in STEM learning.”
Embrick now offers a PLTW: Gateway to Technology course that has expanded districtwide. The class covers STEM topics in the areas of Design and Modeling, Automation and Robotics, Magic of Electrons, and Science of Technology.