YMCPA robotics teacher named SECME Teacher of the Year

Vince Hamilton, a teacher at Young Men’s College Preparatory Academy, got a big surprise on Thursday – the Southeastern Consortium of Minorities in Engineering named him Teacher of the Year!

YMCPA Principal Dameion Crook and teacher Vince Hamilton (Houston Independent School District)

YMCPA Principal Dameion Crook and teacher Vince Hamilton

“I told him he needed to have a meeting with me about some issue with a parent and he needed to get down here right now,” Principal Dameion Crook said. “What he didn’t know was 400 kids and his family and friends had assembled in the gymnasium. When we brought him in, he was extremely surprised.”

Hamilton teaches robotics at the school. He has taken students to the SECME national tournament for the past three years.

“Mr. Hamilton has created a program that allows students to experience a challenging curriculum and evokes thought, problem solving, creativity and confidence,” Crook said. “Mr. Hamilton is an incredible asset to Young Men’s Prep. He’s the reason why we have an incredible nationally and world-recognized robotics program.”

Hamilton said his students’ dedication and thirst for knowledge drive the program’s success.

“What they learn in math and science is translated into hands-on projects in their robotics class,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton was awarded a $4,000 check for being named SECME Teacher of the Year.

“It’s a complete surprise,” he said. “I have to figure out what to do with it.”

5 thoughts on “YMCPA robotics teacher named SECME Teacher of the Year

  1. Karen G

    Congratulations on a job very well done! It is teacher like you who makes a difference in a student’s educational path. I hope that your students realize how fortunate they are to have you as their educational leader, during this critical time in their educational careers. Kudos!!

  2. Linda Williams

    From Central motorpool,

    I think thats great, that you are teaching the students and they are achieving and being successful. I will show my grandson this blog.

  3. Future parent of YMCPA

    Congratulations, I am honored to have my son work with you next school year!!

  4. Anil Antony

    Congratulations Mr. Hamilton. Having seen you very well associated with SECME and STEM education, all I can say is that “A well deserved honor!!!” Keep up the good work and congratulations again.

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