As we close the book on 2017 and look forward to the opportunities of a new year, I want to offer my sincerest thanks to the members, donors, and partners of The Educator Collective. 2017 was TEC’s inaugural year, and it was a fruitful one thanks to the unique contributions made by each one of you. From the commitment of our members, to the generosity of our donors and the support of our partners, you have all made us better and helped put us on a path to success. We are building something special at TEC – a vibrant community of talented teaching professionals – and I am eager to stand next to you as the work continues in a new year.

As successful as 2017 was for
TEC and its members,
2018 promises to be even better.

Looking back, I could not be happier with the foundation we were able to lay in 2017. After a summer recruiting effort across 7 DISD campuses, we began the school year with a little over 75 members. From August to December we were able grow that membership base by over 75%, ending the year with 132 members across 13 campuses. Throughout the year we offered several opportunities for our members to expand their networks and grow in their careers.

  • We hosted two TEC Socials in 2017. In early-September we kicked off the school year at Sandbar Cantina and Grill, where our members were able to meet one another over drinks and sand volleyball. We wrapped up the year with our Ugly Christmas Sweater Brunch at The Eberhard, our most well-attended event of the year. Here members were able to tie a bow on the fall semester over mimosas and a full brunch buffet.
  • We were honored to partner with some outstanding organizational partners for our TEC Workshops & Speaker Series in 2017.
  • In October, our members gathered at Common Desk Deep Ellum for a cocktail hour and presentation from Mike Koprowski, former DISD Chief of Transformation and Innovation and current Executive Director of Opportunity Dallas.
  • November saw 15 lucky TEC members go through a half-day “Identity Mapping” session at Tyler Station with local executive coach and personal development expert, Rocky Garza.
  • Personal finance was the topic of conversation at our December workshop, where Robert Hunt from Robert Hunt Financial, LLC answered the question “how should an educator begin their financial journey?”
  • TEC Community Leadership opportunities abounded in 2017 as we worked to connect our members with an array of local nonprofits and education-focused organizations. One member even leveraged the TEC network to join the board of directors of a regional nonprofit specializing in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. More on this in a later blog post!

As successful as 2017 was for TEC and its members, 2018 promises to be even better. Thanks to the tireless work of Kate Benson, director of operations, and our entire board of directors, we have a full plate of engaging programing planned for the year ahead.

We will be featuring and working with a handful of new partners in 2018, including Kindra Knight (Teacher Coach and Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University), Taylor Toynes (Executive Director, For Oak Cliff), and Leadership ISD. And, always, we are thrilled to offer plenty of opportunities to unwind and build relationships at our 2018 socials (be on the lookout for our Bowl & Barrel Happy Hour in March!).

Thank you all again for such a fulfilling 2017. Thanks to you the sky's the limit as we head into 2018, look to grow the TEC community, and continue working towards our goal of building lasting and accomplished careers in public education.

Robert Taylor
TEC, Founder & Executive Director