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Taylor Henry

Woodrow Wilson High School (Dallas ISD)
11th-12th Grade Theory of Knowledge; 10th Grade English
2 Years Teaching Tenure

Education:
Southern Methodist University

  • BS, Civil Engineering

  • MS, Applied Sciences

Texas A&M Commerce

  • MEd, Curriculum & Instruction

Leadership:
Resident, Dallas Teacher Residency

 

Why did you become an educator?
I want to contribute to making the city I live in to be happy and healthy. I believe good schools are necessary for a happy and healthy city. I believe good teachers are necessary for good schools. So I wanted to become a good teacher.


What’s your favorite part about being an educator?

I love creating experiences for students to understand something new about the world. There is usually a series of steps needed for a student to gain competence with a skill—and that competence makes them feel great—and I nerd out trying to plan these progressions in better and better order and pace. The more successful, the more discovery;  the more discovery, the more wonder for them and the more joy for me.


What makes your approach to teaching unique?

I believe in working together as teachers. Collaboration has a long way to go in our profession, but I take pride in engaging teachers across content areas and getting them to tell me about what they do and why they love their subject area. This creates excellent points for connection and overlap between classes. This makes the day for a student a bit less fractured, as they go from class to class talking about wildly different material.


How has TEC helped you in your career as an educator?
I am always looking for a place for teachers to connect over the principles of our profession. I love hearing stories from other school and age-group and discipline experiences. There is so much to learn from each other, and we do not have enough spaces for these conversations at our schools. TEC has given me many chances to engage with others and learn from them—other times to take a breath and have a drink together.

 

 
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Patty Kim

Thomas C. Marsh Preparatory Academy (Dallas ISD)
6th Grade Math
4 Years Teaching Tenure

Education:
The University of Texas at Austin

  • BA, sociology

  • Business minor

Leadership:

Member, Joy Committee - Thomas C Marsh Preparatory Academy
Coach & Sponsor, Texas Math Science Coaches Association
Teacher of the Year 2017-2018 - Thomas C Marsh Preparatory Academy

 

Why did you become an educator?

I wanted to give back to the community that gave so much to me.  I grew up in similar circumstances as some of my students, and I was very quiet and shy my entire adolescence.  I had a wonderful teacher, Mrs. Title, who saw me when I thought no one could. I think of her every time I meet a quiet student who doesn't realize their potential yet.


What makes your approach to teaching unique?

I think I create a calm and safe space for the students, and I let them know as soon as they're "mine" - we're a forever family.  I love showing my students that they have everything they need within them, and by the end of the year, they know they don't need me to succeed.  I try to instill pride about where they came from, who they are, and where they're going.


How has TEC helped you in your career as an educator?

I love seeing the community of professionals and teachers rally around each other, supporting one another with their strengths.  As I reflect on being an urban educator in general, we need a voice and someone to listen so we can get through the tough moments.  I think TEC is a great place to start those empathetic conversations.

 

 
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Yuri Lewis

Thomas J. Rusk Middle School (Dallas ISD)
8th Grade English Language Arts & Reading
6 Years Teaching Tenure

Education:
University of North Texas

  • BS, Psychology

Dallas Baptist University

  • MA of Education School Counseling

  • MA of Arts Counseling

Leadership:

Department Chair, Rusk MS, Cary MS:  English Language Arts & Reading
Grade Level Chair: Rusk MS 8th, Cary MS 6th & 8th
Head Volleyball Coach, Rusk MS, Cary MS
Head Soccer Coach, Cary MS
UIL Coach Destination Imagination: Rusk MS, Cary MS
Student Council Sponsor: Cary MS
AVID Site Team National Demonstration School: Rusk MS
Teaching Trust Teams, 2016-2017
Teaching Trust Teams 2, 2017-2018
Distinguished Teacher 2015-2019
DISD Alternative Certification Teacher Trainer, 2018-2019

 

Why did you become an educator?

I can't say I wanted to become a teacher, teaching actually found me.  I started as an after school activities coordinator at Cary Middle School and I fell in love with the community.  The grant that allowed me to work at Cary ended and in order to continue working with that community I had to become a teacher. I was blessed to be offered a teaching position at Cary and accepting the offer was one of the best decisions I could have made. Since then it has been a beautiful journey growing in this career.

What’s your favorite part about being an educator?

The students - it's cliche, but so true. Each year I meet these amazing students who allow me to write a chapter in their lives, introduce me to their families, and tell me about their hopes and dreams. I also have to mention the amazing friends I have met throughout the years.  I have come to meet several colleagues that have become lifelong friends and who have molded me to be the teacher I am.


What makes your approach to teaching unique?

I run my class like a TV series, I bring real world connections to my lessons and leave them with cliffhangers each day so they'll come back for more.  I create parodies that students can relate to using current events and cultural habits. along the way building a safe classroom culture that's fun and engaging.


How has TEC helped you in your career as an educator?

As teachers we have such busy schedules and sometimes as much as we want it's hard to connect with other teachers, but TEC creates that opportunity.  Whether it's at a professional development or in a casual setting you get to connect and meet with other professionals and build a support system.