Teaching Ambassador Fellowship
New York, NY
Bio/Overview: Jonathan McIntosh spent his formative years in Southeast Asia. This experience profoundly shaped his desire to enter the education field and work to create spaces for agency and democratic deliberation for all. Prior to teaching in New York, he worked in both rural and suburban Missouri, primarily focused on increasing opportunities and access for students in middle and high school through theatre, speech communication, and debate. He currently serves as the Special Education Coordinator and Director of Debate for KIPP AMP in Brooklyn.
Educational Values/Philosophy: His pedagogy is based on developing academic and social competencies around political engagement, and finding voice through both the curriculum and co-curricular activities for all students. He believes our current climate is ripe for the perspectives of an engaged youth citizenry with the ability to shape the course of policy and our democracy for the future, and that special education provides a unique lens to fostering educational agency, voice and equity.
Achievements: Jonathan has individually won, coached, and led middle, high school, and collegiate programs to city, state, and national championships in multiple formats of competitive debate. His leadership experiences have involved serving as a Director of Debate, previously serving as the President of the New York City Urban Debate League coaches association, working as the instructional coach of the special education department, while serving on his school’s leadership team.
Affiliations: KIPP, Teach for America, National Forensics League (NFL), Phi Kappa Delta (PKD), National Forensics Association, New York City Urban Debate League, New York State Debate Coaches Association.
Education: Jonathan received a B.A. from Drury University in Missouri with a triple major in speech communication, theatre, and public relations. He went on to complete a Master of Arts in Integrated Strategic Communication also at Drury. After moving to New York City, he earned a Master of Science Education at Bank Street College of Education, and is currently at Columbia University’s Teacher College working toward a School Building Supervision licensure/Master of Organizational Leadership.
Areas of Interest: In terms of policy work, he is specifically interested in charter school law and innovations, the impact on providing academic diversity, and the intersection with special education. Additionally, he is specifically interested in how to best foster academic spaces where both educators and students can understand larger mechanisms for policy implementation and how to bridge the discursive and practical discussions to shape future design of sound policy.