Robert Taylor

Founder & Executive Director

Robert Taylor is the Founder and Executive Director of TEC. He attended the University of Texas at Austin where he majored in Finance and Plan II Honors. Robert is a member of West Dallas Community School Advisory Board, and was a 2014-2015 Leadership ISD fellow.  He is also a member of The Real Estate Council. Robert is a vice president of acquisitions and asset management at Thackeray Partners in Dallas, TX, where he lives with his wife and son, Hillary and Brooks. The Taylor’s are members of Eastside Community Church.

Email: robert@educatorcollective.org


Tessa Alexander

Director of Operations

Tessa Alexander is the Director of Operations for The Educator Collective. She attended Dallas Baptist University where she studied Sociology and Spanish. Upon graduating college, Tessa worked as a community liaison for Cary Middle School in Dallas ISD for 5 years running a mentoring initiative, working with donors, business partners, and both community & parent volunteers. She is married to Kevin and in September 2017 they welcomed their baby girl, Lyla, into their family. 

Email: tessa@educatorcollective.org


Educator Advisory Board

Luis Camacho - Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary School

Kim Polk - Arapaho Classical Magnet

Yuri Lewis - Thomas J. Rusk Middle School

Abby Rufer - Thomas Jefferson High School

Audria Mitchell - Seagoville Middle School

Barbara Perez - Thomas J. Rusk Middle School

Gabi Paulo - Seagoville Middle School

Hailey Heikkinen - Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy

Board of Directors

Roxanne Cheek – Principal, Aikin Elementary School

Justin Coppedge – Chief Operating Officer, Texas 2036

Evie Lalangas - Associate, Gray Reed & McGraw LLP

Robert Taylor - Vice President, Thackeray Partners

Paige Zumberge - Educator, Thomas Jefferson High School