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

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

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

Justin Coppedge – Policy Analyst, Texas 2036

Evie Lalangas - Associate, Gray Reed & McGraw LLP