Working in the BMC Brownsville office with Tax Manager,
Andrew Hartzler (right) are
Los Fresnos CISD ExCel teachers
Angie Pena-Aguilar(left) and Ida Montes (center).
Burton McCumber & Cortez, LLP ("BMC") is pleased to be one of ten local businesses
partnering with Rio Grande Valley LEAD ("RGV LEAD") in a pilot program designed to
give teachers experience in how education relates to the workplace. As part of the
program, named ExCel Educator ("Excellence through Classroom Experiential Learning"),
a two member team of Los Fresnos CISD teachers will spend one day a month from
October through April on-site at the businesses in a position with the firm termed an
"externship" by RGV LEAD. Through this externship experience, the program aims to
provide educators with a deeper understanding of employers' expectations and help
them to identify the knowledge and skills students need to develop for career
success. This experience will enable teachers to design a curriculum based on
We have had the pleasure of hosting Los Fresnos High School teachers Ida Montes and
Angie Peńa-Aguilar in our offices through this program. Both are uniquely
qualified for an externship in the field of public accounting. Ida has been teaching
Algebra and Pre-Calculus for 17 years, as well as serving as a coach. Angie has been
teaching Accounting for 12 years and has prior work experience in the field of
accounting. We have been so impressed by these teachers!
During the externship, the teachers have met with our professionals who have explained
the types of projects we handle and how we go about best serving our clients. They
have received training in a manner similar to that of a newly hired employee. We
have given them case study projects and opportunities to work with CPAs and
professionals in our audit, tax and internal accounting departments. The firm feels
strongly that a better understanding of tomorrow's workers will help us plan for the
future of BMC. It has been interesting for us to hear about the expectations and
goals these teachers have for their students and has helped us gain a better
understanding of the educational environment experienced by our future workforce.
We appreciate the opportunity to work with these great educators and engage in
dialogue about how we can work together to help today's high school students become
tomorrow's successful workers, and hopefully, CPAs.