Robert Taylor The Educator Collective

Robert Taylor

Founder & Executive Director

Robert Taylor is a co-founder 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.



Kate Benson

Director of Operations

Kate Benson is the Director of Operations from The Educator Collective. She attended Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia, where she studied Biology and Sociology. After graduating, Kate joined Teach For America and moved to Dallas, Texas, where she taught 7th and 8th grade science for two years. In addition to her work with TEC, Kate is currently applying to graduate school in hopes of starting her Master of Public Policy in the fall of 2018.



Educator Advisory Board

Joi Bowers - Billy Earle Dade Middle School
Taylor Henry - Woodrow Wilson High School
Erika Shisler - Thomas C. Marsh Preparatory Academy
Shafarion Romashyn - Dan D. Rogers Middle School

Board of Directors

Luis Juarez – Teacher, William Lipscomb Elementary School
Austin Bennett – Associate, Prudential Capital Group
Miriam Gaytan – Leadership Cadet Corp Instructor, Thomas C. Marsh Middle School
Roxanne Cheek – Principal, Woodrow Wilson High School
Justin Coppedge – Deputy Chief of Staff, Dallas Independent School District
Natalie Cooley – Associate, Thompson & Knight