Teacher of the Year, ASQ in Education
Saturday, May 21 (9:30 – 10:30 am CST)
Speaker: Revathi Balakrishnan, (2016 Texas Teacher of the Year)
Rigor and relevance in the classroom along with partnerships with businesses are vital in the development of a future workforce that is ready to take on jobs that require critical thinking, creativity and innovation. This does not happen by chance. It must be carefully designed and implemented. A successful relationship between schools and you, the leaders of the community, can not only improve the quality of education in public schools but might also mean the difference between dropping out and graduating. Revathi will address how schools can provide the rigor and how businesses can work with them to provide relevant and focused learning.
Revathi Balakrishnan works with gifted students at Patsy Sommer Elementary in Round Rock ISD. She was recently chosen as the 2016 Texas Teacher of the Year and represented about 330,000 teachers from Texas in the National Teacher of the Year program.
A native of India, she pursued a master’s degree in Economics from Northeastern University. After 14 years as a systems analyst at Liberty Mutual Insurance, she got her teacher certification Texas State University. Since then, she has worked at Forest North Elementary and Patsy Sommer Elementary in RRISD where she established a gifted program that aimed to provide a rigorous and relevant education and one that helped students build resilience and relationships.
Revathi has presented in many conferences including Texas Association for Gifted and Talented, Texas State Writing Conference and the RRISD Google Ninja Academy. She has led many district professional development courses and is constantly looking for ways to help teachers improve their quality of teaching.
In Round Rock ISD, she is known for providing opportunities for students in math, Shakespeare, chess, robotics and coding. She is often called upon to use her computer skills to automate processes. Her latest venture is to establish a teacher induction and mentoring program at her school, which she hopes will be the prototype for her school district and eventually, all Texas schools.
As the Texas Teacher of the Year, she has addressed pre-service and current teachers and administrators on the importance of creating efficient teaching and financial processes, while nurturing the valuable relationship between teacher and student.
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