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 Young Professionals Board of Directors, and was a 2014-2015 Leadership ISD fellow.  He also serves on the Trinity Christian Academy Alumni Association Board of Directors, and is a member of The Real Estate Council. Robert is an asset manager at Thackeray Partners in Dallas, TX, where he lives with his wife, Hillary. Robert and Hillary are members of The Village 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

Joi Bowers - Billy Earle Dade Middle School (Dallas ISD)

Taylor Henry - Woodrow Wilson High School (Dallas ISD)

Jordan Murphy - Thomas C. Marsh Preparatory Academy (Dallas ISD)

Erika Shisler - Thomas C. Marsh Preparatory Academy (Dallas ISD)

Shafarion Romashyn - Dan D. Rogers Elementary School (Dallas ISD)

Reanna Wilborn - Alex Sanger Elementary School (Dallas ISD)

Paige Zumberge - Thomas Jefferson High School (Dallas ISD)


Board of Directors

Austin Bennett – Associate, Prudential Capital Group

Roxanne Cheek – Principal, Aikin Elementary School (Richardson ISD)

Natalie Cooley – Associate, Thompson & Knight LLP

Justin Coppedge – Policy Analyst, Texas 2036

Miriam Gaytan – Leadership Cadet Corp Instructor, Thomas C. Marsh Middle School (Dallas ISD)

Luis Juarez – Teacher, William Lipscomb Elementary School (Dallas ISD)

Evie Lalangas - Associate, Gray Reed & McGraw LLP