Talks with Tyler ISD

Talks with Tyler ISD

Talks with Tyler ISD, a podcast about the passionate people who have a heart for students. The host, Jennifer Hines, Executive Director of Communications at Tyler ISD will be talking to a variety of guests and each episode will focus on specific topics for you, the Tyler ISD community. We’ll cover things from district-wide objectives and initiatives, down to inspiring stories from our own teachers in the classrooms.

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May 13, 2022 13 min

In this special episode, District Manager of Temporary Personnel Meika Fallon shares the volunteer opportunities available throughout the District on this episode of Talks with Tyler ISD. She explains the different types of people interested in volunteering and where the needs are. The application process is also explained.

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In this episode, Coordinator of Elementary Programming Gretchen Nabi shares the benefits of the Tyler ISD Pre-K program on this episode of Talks with Tyler ISD. She shares the advantages of students attending Pre-K before Kindergarten. There are also many opportunities to grow developmentally in the program. Qualification and registration information are discussed.

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April 8, 2022 15 min

In this special episode, Head Start Director Brandy Holland shares the unique opportunities for students enrolled in the Tyler ISD Head Start program on this episode of Talks with Tyler ISD. She shares the particular qualifications of the Head Start staff and the program's features. There are also many benefits offered to support families in the program. Qualification and registration information are discussed. 

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John Tyler High School alumnus and successful business entrepreneur, Jerry Palmer, talks about his incredible journey and life lessons on this episode of Talks with Tyler ISD. In addition to establishing the Ben Brown Honorary Scholarship, with the help of The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) for future Tyler ISD graduates, Jerry shares how Mr. Brown, his former high school counselor, gave him career counseling that foreve...

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ECHS Principal Amanda Hortman shares the unique opportunities for students who attend Early College High School on this episode of Talks with Tyler ISD. As the #1 high school in East Texas, students earn their associate's degree from Tyler Junior College at the same time they are earning their high school diploma. That's a $30,000 value for free! Hortman shares the many college degree offerings and unique educational atmosp...

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In this special episode, we sit down with Tyler ISD Foundation Executive Director Suzette Farr to talk about the resources the foundation provides to the school district. Grants for teacher ideas, student scholarships, and the ways families and community members can get involved are some of the many topics discussed.

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CTE Work-Based Learning Coordinator Jessica Brown shares internship opportunities for high schoolers on episode 17 of Talks with Tyler ISD. Students have real-world experiences in many professions. Student success stories are shared as well as information for local businesses to participate.

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Tyler ISD has a long-standing partnership with Tyler Junior College. TJC President, Dr. Juan E. Mejia, talks about the college-going culture of the school district. Dual credit, Early College High School, and TJC Promise Scholars are some of the free college opportunities he shares with viewers that save students and parents as much as $36,000!

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We're well underway to a new school year, and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marty Crawford talks about where we're headed. Student success, decisions in Austin, and the guidance of the Tyler ISD School Board are all up for discussion.

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On this special episode, we sit down with Tyler ISD graduate James Mobley to talk about his new book, We Didn’t Have Much. Mobley grew up on the north side of Tyler with six siblings, raised by a single mom. He went on to attend Southern Methodist University, where he played football and majored in business. His new book reflects some of the challenges he faced in his childhood and encourages children from similar backgrounds to ov...

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Need something fun and active for your child to do this summer?! Then listen to this episode as Jennifer talks with Tyler ISD Athletics Director Greg Priest about all the opportunities available at summer sports camps. We also learn a little bit about Greg and his coaching background, and what brought him to Tyler ISD. To learn more about athletics summer camps, visit the Tyler ISD Athletics website.

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What a year it has been! From COVID to Snowmageddon (or SNOWVID), Tyler ISD has continued to achieve successful student outcomes despite all the challenges. Superintendent Dr. Marty Crawford joins us to recap what we've accomplished during 2020-2021 and what the school district plans for the future. 

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On today's episode, Jennifer talks with Suzette Farr of The Mentoring Alliance about upcoming summer camps available for your kids. Suzette is an award-winning philanthropist and marketing professional. She'll share some of the opportunities these camps offer and how they will contribute to each child's personal and educational growth.

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Jennifer talks with Gary Brown about the Career and Technical Educational pathways available at Tyler ISD. Gary Brown is the Executive Director of the Tyler ISD Career & Technology Center, where high school students in our district come to take specific classes geared towards their academic and career goals. Gary shares with us how the CTE program prepares college-bound students and those going straight into the workforce after...

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April 9, 2021 29 min

One of our District's very own Kindergarten teachers, Miranda Duncan, talks about how her kindergarten experiences actually inspired her to become a teacher and how she brings that same passion for learning into her classroom. She'll share experiences she's had teaching students, describe a typical day in the classroom, and explain how kindergarten has changed in recent years. This episode is a must for parents looking ...

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Director of Visual and Performing Arts Sandy Newton talks about how she came to her position in Tyler ISD, how the district is standing out in regards to the arts, and how students benefit from having experience in visual and performing arts. We'll also find out what some of our former fine arts students have gone on to accomplish.

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March 5, 2021 20 min

In this episode of Talks With Tyler ISD, Jennifer speaks with Tyler ISD Chief of Police Danny Brown about continuing efforts to protect students from the dangers of vaping. Chief Brown will share with us the multitude of consequences students face if they are caught vaping, and we also discover the backstory that led to him working at the Tyler ISD Police Department.

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Principal Bethany Moody shares with us the origins of the Birdwell Dual Language Immersion School. In this episode of Talks With Tyler ISD, Jennifer talks with Bethany about Birdwell's mission to give students a bilingual education and help them become well-rounded professionals of the future.

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Former assistant principal Aubrey Ballard has taken the helm as principal at Moore MST Magnet School. In this episode of Talks With Tyler ISD, Jennifer talks with Aubrey about what lead him to Tyler ISD and Moore Middle School, as well as how his first year as principal is going and how he plans to continue achieving student success on campus.

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Early College High School Principal DelSenna Frazier discusses how her campus helps prepare students for the rigors of college and helps reduce the cost of attending. She shares the story of a former student who has already graduated with her undergraduate degree and is preparing for law school at 19 years old!

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