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TEam Member Spotlights

Team Member Spotlight: Grant McCollor

Seventeen years earlier – same shirt, same size nose!

What is your role on the TEam?

I’m the creature in the “Creativity Cave” (i.e. visuals genie) [Ronda’s Note: Grant worked with us this summer at Induction. He’s back at Southwest now, teachin’ ’em up this school year!]

Where did you study?  List all that apply.

University of Texas @Austin (BA Theatre and Dance); University of Houston (M Architecture)

Why are you passionate about education and teacher development?

I am excited about the artistic and technological possibilities of an enlightened future.  We are indebted to the educators of the past – without them we would know nothing about the present.  Thus, by their example, it becomes our responsibility to communicate the collective knowledge of humanity to the next generation.

Describe a successful teaching strategy that you used in the classroom or that you frequently recommend to your teachers.

Tight entrance/exit procedures set the stage for a no-nonsense learning environment regardless of content.  It allowed me to have the “controlled chaos” in my art studio that produced truly inspired student work.

If you had to describe your work on the TEam in three words, what would they be?

MAKE. IT. STICK.

What advice would you have for an educator that aspires to become an instructional leader?

Keep your eyes and ears open.  I learned more from informal observation of my peers than from any formal PD session.

When you are not working on closing the achievement gap, what do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy reading historical fiction books/architecture blogs, visiting the artworks in various museums, and planning my world tour (which has been postponed for yet another summer, unfortunately…).

Which TE-shirt is your favorite and why?

I ❤ T.E. – only because my kids love trying to figure out what it means (…Tennessee? …to eat? …talking endlessly? …tacos every day?) – all of which are accurate, BTW.

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