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Teaching The Future

For a teacher, education is so much more than just taking attendance, assigning homework and administering tests; it’s figuring out creative ways to challenge and inspire kids. On Teaching the Future: A KERA American Graduate Special, meet a group of cutting-edge North Texas teachers, see them in action as they bring their innovative approaches to the classroom and hear their thoughts on the future of education in a roundtable discussion led by KERA’s Krys Boyd.

Premieres Thursday, January 16 at 7pm on KERA TV.

Teacher Profiles

Maribel Cantu
Lewisville ISD
Teaching experience: 8 years
Innovation: Maribel has implemented interactive graphic organizers, student driven blogs and Project Based learning into her classroom. She is also a second generation teacher. As a Language Acquisition Specialist she serves as an instructional coach for other teachers at her campus.

Ted Munger
Dallas ISD
Teaching experience: 11 years
Innovation: Ted helps students with all 37 courses offered at Samuell’s Reconnect Center. Students work on their courses via computer courseware and can start or end a course at any time. Ted provides one-on-one assistance for each student and has created a safe, supportive and friendly environment for his students.

Kecia Dennis
Birdville ISD
Teaching experience: 5 years
Innovation: Kecia uses music in her classroom which helps students relax and clear their minds in order to receive new information. She has also used strategies enforced with Kagan (cooperative learning), QTEL (scaffolding and differentiation), CRISS (student-owned learning), and the John Collins Writing Program (writing across subjects).

Kevin Ng
Plano ISD
Teaching experience: 4 years
Innovation: Kevin is piloting an engineering curriculum for The University of Texas at Austin with another teacher and has participated in a research project to flip the classroom. He is also a 2013 recipient of the Texas Instruments Foundation Innovations in STEM Teaching Award.