Meet Nahdra Curry, M.S.
TEACH Program Manager
Nahdra was first introduced to TEACH in 2017 as a teacher at Mitchell Elementary School, a partnership that would help her achieve an 83 percent rate – a phenomenal accomplishment for a Title 1 school. An avid advocate of TEACH’s work in area schools, Nahdra would go on to become the first TEACH-certified teacher in Houston. As a Teacher Specialist, coaching math and science teachers on SELF components and behavior- and classroom-management. The rest, as they say, is history! As a TEACH Program Manager, today Nahdra has the opportunity to empower educators across Houston and Aldine ISD with the invaluable skills that once helped her.
Inspired by her ninth-grade teacher’s approachable and empathetic approach, Nahdra set out to become a great educator herself. Her affinity for hands-on learning and her passion for the sciences have made her a beloved campus changemaker and trusted leader. She looks forward to continuing to see TEACH skills change classroom dynamics, working closely with an equally passionate team. During her time off the clock, you’ll find Nahdra eating and camping her way through Houston alongside her family and friends.
TEACH: When did your interest/experience in education begin?
NC: In the ninth grade. My human anatomy and physiology teacher, Ms. Farrell, is really the reason I knew I wanted to teach someday. I wanted to be just like her. She was approachable, knowledgeable and always made us feel welcomed in her classroom. Thanks to a lot of hands-on activities, her class was very engaging. She provided us with space to do projects and made us accountable for our learning. It was a great learning experience. We also knew her as a person. She’d show up to our sports games and showed us a lot of love through her support. Ms. Farrell made me see the greatness in teachers.
TEACH: Is there a particular moment during your time at TEACH that stands out?
NC: To be completely honest, when TEACH first came to the campus where I was a teacher, I’d only apply the skills in front of the coach. When they’d leave, I’d look back and think, “Wait, this really works.” The more I saw the change, the more I started practicing those skills more often and incorporating TEACH into my everyday. That first year, my scores jumped 15%, then 25%… By my last year, I was at an 83% passing right, which is just phenomenal for a Title 1 school. Now as a TEACH Program Manager, I can speak to those same skills; I know that they really work.
TEACH: What are you most looking forward to at TEACH this year?
NC: Putting TEACH’s skills in more teachers’ hands! Every child deserves a great teacher, and these tools and skills will move any teacher from good to great at what they do.
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