Tays Titan Team Update!
May 5, 2016
A word from Kris...
When I was a young child, my favorite book for anyone in my house to read to me was the old Golden book – The Monster at the End of the Book starring loveable, furry old Grover. I passed this tradition on to all my nephews & nieces & granddaughter… I love this book. At one point, Grover creates a solid, thick brick wall and challenges the reader to try to turn the page – only to find that the next page has Grover underneath the bricks with the following line, “Did you know that you are very strong?”
Last week – I know that I was not alone in feeling like I was hitting the brick wall (summatives due (yes - I still have to do DWE ones!), hiring, logo reworks, technology placements) anything else that could be your BRICKS on your wall. But as you enter the next couple weeks, I want you to remember that you are very strong!
Know that I am aware that many of you are feeling overwhelmed & have lots of questions about Tays…(me too…) but I want to share with you what gets me refocused…I stop and I appreciate. I take time to cherish things I appreciate. I also made a list of things that I wanted to accomplish this week… One goal was to be at 80% hired. (We are almost there...)
I am also looking to see what ways I can help each one of you & if there is anything I can delegate. On your own, I urge you to stop and slow down to appreciate and know that you are very strong. I even give you permission to spend a few minutes doing a community building activity within your current classroom – and reaffirming your learning community or bond with your new team. Relationships matter!
I am PROUD to serve as the Principal of Tays Junior High – (and in case you didn’t know – there is no monster at the end of the book – it is loveable, furry old Grover) May your next week (with STAAR testing for most of you) be one that makes you show your loveable side – but I know that you are stronger than you know!
Know that I am thrilled about the amazing team that we are creating!!!
Tays Meet & Greet
Wednesday, May 11th, 3:30-5pm
4400 Falcon Landing Boulevard
There will be no agenda for formal program - just a come & go event!
9th grade center cafeteria!
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
The Heart of Teaching: What It Means to be a Great Teacher Rusul Alrubail , Professor of English composition and literature
The Heart of Teaching: What It Means to be a Great Teacher
Rusul Alrubail , Professor of English composition and literature
What does it mean to be a great teacher? Of course credentials, knowledge, critical thinking, and all other faculties of intelligence are important. However, a great teacher should be much more than credentials, experience and intelligence.
What lies in the heart of a great teacher?
You are kind: a great teacher shows kindness to students, colleagues, parents and those around her/him. My favourite saying is “kindness makes the world go around”. It truly changes the environment in the classroom and school. Being a kind teacher helps students feel welcomed, cared for and loved.
You are compassionate: Teaching is a very humanistic profession, and compassion is the utmost feeling of understanding, and showing others you are concerned about them. A compassionate teacher models that characteris-tic to the students with her/his actions, and as a result students will be more open to understanding the world around them.
You are empathetic: Empathy is such an important trait to have and to try to develop in ourselves and our stu-dents. Being able to put yourself in someone’s shoes and see things from their perspective can have such a powerful impact on our decisions and actions.
You are positive: Being a positive person, is not an easy task. Being a positive teacher is even harder when we’re always met with problems with very limited solutions. However, staying positive when it’s tough can have such a tremendous positive impact on the students and everyone around us. Looking on the bright side always seems to help make things better.
You are a builder: A great teacher bridges gaps and builds relationships, friendships, and a community. Teachers always look to make things better and improve things in and outside of the classroom. Building a community is something a great teacher seeks to do in the classroom and extends that to the entire school and its community.
You inspire: Everyone looks at a great teacher and they want to be a better teacher, they want to be a better student, even better, they want to be a better person. A great teacher uncovers hidden treasures, possibilities and magic right before everyone’s eyes.
Tays Titan Team
Tays Titan Team (How about that for alliteration?)
Principal - Kris Mitzner, former Principal DWE
6th grade Assistant Principal - Todd Knobbe, SLHS
6th grade Counselor - Susie Loyd, DWE
7th grade Assistant Principal - Tiffany Young, MDJH
7th grade Counselor - Amanda Robinson, WCJH
8th grade Assistant Principal - David Calfee, CRHS
8th grade Counselor - Charlotte Thompson, WCJH
Testing Facilitator - Kerrie Steger, CRHS
Administrative Assistant to Kris - Kathryn Fix, ESC (Bonnie Holland)
Financial Clerk (aka TCFO - Tays Chief Financial Officer) - Cindy Rudder, OTHS
Counselor’s Administrative Assistant/Registrar -
Assistant Principal Administrative Assistant -
Textbook Clerk -
Office Clerk/Receptionist -
Librarian - Lori Kelley, WCJH
Library Aide -
Instructional Coach - Lindsey Chase, ITF
Department Chair - Amanda Pickard (track), MCJH
Eighth Grade Math - Meredith DaSilva, WCJH
Eighth Grade Math - Katrina Sloan, WCJH
Eighth Grade Math - Linda Liang, first year teaching!
Seventh Grade Math - Gracie Benson, WCJH
Seventh Grade Math - Amanda Pickard, MCJH
Seventh Grade Math - Emily Levert, LCISD
Sixth Grade Math - Elizabeth Strange (Basketball), DWE
Sixth Grade Math - offer pending
Sixth Grade Math -
Math Lab -
Instructional Coach - Kelly Oliver, MRHS
Eighth Grade ELA -Cindy Hannam, SLJH
Eighth Grade ELA - Patti Flowers, SLJH
Eighth Grade ELA -
Seventh Grade ELA - Rebecca Barrett, WCJH
Seventh Grade ELA - Amy Maddox, WCJH
Seventh Grade ELA - Juliette Howard, MRJH
Seventh Grade ELA - Michelle Taylor, first year teaching!
Seventh Grade ELA -
Seventh Grade ELA -
Sixth Grade ELA - Samantha Colquitt (Yearbook), CRJH
Sixth Grade ELA - Jackie Curtis, WCJH
Sixth Grade ELA - Catherine Perkins, WCJH
Sixth Grade ELA - Rebecca Pruitt, WCJH
Sixth Grade ELA - Katy Kellen (Cheer Sponsor), DWE
Sixth Grade ELA - Brett Davis, CyFair ISD
ESL - Grace Villafone, Waller ISD
Strategic Reading -
Instructional Coach w/ WCJH- Lauren Vereen, WCJH
Department Chair - Phil LoSasso
Eighth Grade SS - Melody Wilson (Cheer sponsor), WCJH
Eighth Grade SS - .5 Traci Land, WCJH
Eighth Grade SS -
Seventh Grade SS -Denise Parisher, DWE
Seventh Grade SS -Christine Hewitt, SLJH
Seventh Grade SS -
Sixth Grade SS - JJ Haynie (Volleyball/Basketball - Girls), CRJH
Sixth Grade SS - Phil LoSasso, WCJH/ Department Chair
Sixth Grade SS - Anna Worley (Geography Bee), WCJH
Instructional Coach - Melissa Gonzales, SLJH/MMJH
Department Chair - Amy Suhrer, SLJH
Eighth Grade Science - Molly Niedens (Science Olympiad), WCJH
Eighth Grade Science - Chandra Zepeda, DWE
Eighth Grade Science - Anna Farias (Head Basketball, Volleyball)
Seventh Grade Science - Amy Suhrer, SLJH
Seventh Grade Science - Danielle Braun, WCJH
Seventh Grade Science -
Sixth Grade Science - Jennifer West, WCJH
Sixth Grade Science - Allyson Koci, WCJH
Sixth Grade Science - offer pending
Head Band - Donnie Artley, MCHS
Assistant Band - Tammy Disharoon, WCJH
Head Orchestra - Bryanna Porter, WCJH
Assistant Orchestra - offer pending
Head Choir - David Lee, SLJH
Spanish - Natalia Montalvo, WCJH
Spanish (.5 BDJH) - Adriana Miles, BJH,BDJH
Art - Katrina Cerk, DWE
Art - Kendra Vreeland, WCJH
Theater - Tina Holt, CJH
Assistant Theater -
Teen Leadership/PACK - Traci Land, WCJH
Family Consumer Science (8th) - Holly Datwyler
Concepts of Engineering - Stephen Bennett
Tech Apps -
PASS - Andrea Smith, DWE
LifeSkills - Angela Sanders (Volleyball), KDE
CoTeacher/ICS - Erika Strickland, WCJH
CoTeacher/ICS - Laura Guerrero, SLJH
CoTeacher/ICS - Gail Smith, RRE
CoTeacher/ICS - Joanne Lowe, RRE
ICS/Resource Para - Carrie Mullen, JEE
Athletic Coordinator - Jennie Miller
Assistant Athletic Coordinator - Bryan Blake, MDJH
Girls PE - Jennie Miller
Girls PE - Kelsey Hutchison
Boys PE - Bryan Blake
Boys PE - Brook Williams
Boys PE - offer pending
Girls/Boys PE -