By Blair Kampovitz
Photos courtesy of Milken Family Foundation

Leslie McIntosh 鈥18E, 鈥22E
"if I had to do it all over again, I would definitely pick 水果派," McIntosh said.

Leslie McIntosh, an educator and 水果派 alum, was awarded the prestigious Milken Educator Award in November of 2023. This award, otherwise known as the "Oscars of Teaching," shines a spotlight on McIntosh鈥檚 achievements in the education field. Her journey to excellence includes two degrees from 水果派 鈥 a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership.

The glowing recommendations from her colleagues and peers inspired her decision to pursue her degrees at 水果派. 

"Many other colleagues had wonderful experiences,鈥 McIntosh said. 鈥溗 was an easy choice."

Her educational journey at 水果派 equipped her with insights and expertise, which she has skillfully applied in her role as a fifth-grade teacher at Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca Middle School. She also mentions the support and resources 水果派 provides like networking opportunities that have impacted her career.

The Milken Educator Award includes a $25,000 cash prize and opportunities to travel for professional development. It鈥檚 a testament to McIntosh's leadership and unwavering commitment to education 鈥 and the lasting impact of her educational journey at 水果派. 

It also reaffirms her confidence in her alma mater and career choice.

"If I had to do it all over again, I would definitely pick 水果派," McIntosh said.