Meet Robyn Thomas, M.S. Ed.
Program Manager at TEACH
Serving her community and making an impact have always been important to Robyn. The four years she spent in the classroom as a teacher in the Houston Independent School District (two of those years with Teach for America) cultivated her passion for education and motivated her to pursue her Master’s degree from John Hopkins University. Having seen first-hand the inequities many students face, Robyn has remained committed to helping solve those challenges in the very community she calls home.
As a TEACH Program Manager, Robyn has the opportunity to help transform classrooms, schools and community culture – something she does with every student in mind. She’s proud to be part of a team that lives its core values and leads with compassion every day (much like her favorite elementary school teacher, Mrs. Sloan). During her free time, Robyn stays active at her beloved church and enjoys exploring nature and fresh air in the outskirts of Houston.
TEACH: What do you love most about working in education?
RT: Impact, definitely making an impact. The inequities are so huge in the communities that are underserved, but ultimately, education affects everyone. What drives me is the opportunity to make an impact and help solve those challenges. This work has to be done, but there aren’t a lot of people willing to do that work.
TEACH: Is there a particular moment during your time at TEACH that stands out?
RT: The culture of the organization. Everyone at TEACH is genuinely driven to fulfill our mission. Everyone is focused on the same thing. It’s not about us; it’s about the students. We all come together with that same goal in mind: to help students. The organization’s core values actually ring true here; they’re at the heart of everything we do. You can see the values being lived out daily, through every interaction.
TEACH: Who do you consider one of the great teachers in your life and why?
RT: Mrs. Sloan, who was my art teacher from kindergarten to eighth grade. She was not only so passionate about the work that she did but about the students. She showed so much love. I was the only black student in my class for most of my time at that school, and I did experience prejudice and racism – but Mrs. Sloan never treated me any differently. She taught with compassion. She took the time to make her class more than just about art. She was an amazing teacher and person.
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