Allison Taylor of Trent High School is this week’s Teacher Tribute winner.
Taylor has been teaching math and computer science at the high school for the past three years; however, she has also instilled her passion for academic competitions in her students.
“Competition is something I think all kids should participate in at least one point in their lives -- whether it's in athletics or academics,” Taylor said.
Taylor said she did not enjoy athletics when she was growing up and she knows first-hand that University Interscholastic League competitions are the perfect way for the more academic-minded students to get a day in the spotlight and earn a chance at some college scholarships.
“I just think it gives a chance for those kids who might get looked over -- it gives them a place to excel,” Taylor said.
Her computer science team started at the bottom of a regional UIL competition last school year but was able to pull it together to advance to state.
“Mrs. Taylor just cares about her students so much, she's one of the best teachers I've ever had,” said Alexis Miller, who nominated Taylor for the Teacher Tribute award.
Despite being on maternity leave this semester, Taylor never took a break from her students.
“There was no way they were going to get a sub who could actually help with computer science --that's kind of a very specific kind of subject -- so I kind of tried to make sure I was sending them stuff to work on so they had something to do and they weren't just sitting around wasting the three weeks,” Taylor said.
“She comes before or after school, she'll meet with you anytime,” Miller said. “She's always there to help you.”
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