September 20, 2019 | Raise Your Hand Texas, Raising Texas Teachers, Voices on Teaching
Our “Voices on Teaching” series features diverse perspectives about the importance of the teaching profession and personal stories about teachers who helped give rise to the future.
Everyone had a teacher — whether they realized it or not — who changed their life. John Merrow is an accomplished broadcast journalist who has spent over 40 years covering education for PBS and NPR. And he still credits his high school English teacher, Mr. Sullivan, for his success today.
“Every one of us got here on the backs and with the help of someone — and invariably that someone is a teacher,” says Merrow. He asks that you, too, take some time to think about the teacher that changed your life. And if you never thanked that person, he says, it’s not too late.
Confidence in the classroom is contagious. Pamela Powell, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin in the UteachProgram, explains why having a strong leader in the classroom is important.
We are excited to announce the launch of a statewide pro-public education advocacy effort. Led by 13 regional advocacy directors, the new effort will contribute to the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation’s overall mission of supporting public education in Texas by working to grow a pro-public education constituency across the state.
While most students were choosing familiar figures such as Frida Kahlo, Cesar Chavez, and Justice Sonia Sotomayor as subjects for Hispanic Heritage month presentations, one fourth-grade student in McAllen ISD honored her own teacher — Raquel Pérez.