TICONDEROGA - Rick McClintock relishes a challenge. The Ticonderoga High School math teacher makes certain his students do as well.
"Our calling is to take students to the next level, to make them better than they are," McClintock said. "I expect a lot of my students because I know they're capable of it."
Test scores show McClintock is a highly-effective teacher, so much so he has received the AP Award from the College Board.
The AP Award is given to four teachers a year in the Middle States Region - an area from New York to Washington, D.C. - for accomplishments in the Advanced Placement program. The program offers college-level courses and exams at high schools. Students can earn college credit with qualifying scores.
McClintock teaches AP statistics along with regular math courses at Ti High.
"AP exams are scored 1-5," explained Kristen Murphy, Ti's AP coordinator. "Most students get 2-3. Mr. McClintock rarely has anybody below a 4. His scores are outstanding."
There is no secret to McClintock's success. He believes in hard work.
"I remember being in Mr. McClintock's class," recalled Ben Chapman, Ti High's valedictorian last year. "He used every minute every day. He let us know what he expected out of us. If you're in his class you're there to get a 4 or 5. He pushed us to be our very best. His class is very difficult.
"He's fun to be with, but you know not to mess around with him," Chapman added.
Chapman and Haley Best, another Ti High graduate, nominated McClintock for the AP Award at the suggestion of Deb Breitenbach, an AP English teacher at the school.
"Being an AP teacher myself, I see the work Rick puts into his classes," she said. "Rick was my son's AP statistics teacher. My son believed he couldn't do math; Rick proved him wrong. He taught my son hard work makes a difference."