Former United teacher receives distinguished teacher award

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
Ben McIntosh

Former United teacher Ben McIntosh has been awarded the 2008 Distinguished Life Achievement Award from the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM). The Distinguished Life Achievement Award is given yearly to mathematics teachers who meet the following criteria:

* Has a minimum of five years’ experience in mathematics education in Illinois

* Participates in professional activities

* Represents the profession with enthusiasm to students, teachers, parents, and community members

* Provides leadership for and influence others toward mathematics education 

* Shows continued growth as a mathematics teacher

The Distinguished Live Achievement Award has been presented annually to Illinois teachers since 1963. McIntosh taught at United and the former Warren School District for most of his teaching career. During his tenure, he led numerous ICTM teams to state, regional, and national competitions. McIntosh will be honored during the ICTM banquet that will be held on Oct. 17 in Peoria.

“The Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) was organized in 1949 to create and foster greater interest in the teaching of mathematics at all grade levels. The purposes of ICTM are to encourage an active interest in all areas of mathematics and mathematics education, to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics and the role of mathematics in other disciplines, to promote research in the teaching and learning of mathematics, and to provide opportunities for exchange of views regarding the teaching and learning of mathematics.” More information about ICTM can be found on their web site: