Jollyville Teacher of the Year: Tara Bonds

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“Technological skills and the ability to apply technology with critical thinking skills will be essential to answer the big questions facing American society in the 21st century,” Bonds said.

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Jollyville_TOY_PageTara Bonds got her first taste of teaching during her sophomore year of high school when she delivered a lesson on King Arthur to her honors English language arts class. After that first lesson, Bonds went on to specialize in theatre and speech for grades six through 12 and has spent 14 years in the classroom.

Bonds is now an Instructional Technology Specialist at Jollyville Elementary School, and its choice for Teacher of the Year. This is her second win as Teacher of the Year, but her first as an Instructional Technology Specialist.

When Round Rock ISD Director of Instructional Technology Lannon Heflin issued a challenge for teachers to insert technology into their everyday classroom setting, Bonds knew that was going to be a game changer. Accepting the challenge, Bonds developed innovative ways to integrate technology into her theatre class.

“Technological skills and the ability to apply technology with critical thinking skills will be essential to answer the big questions facing American society in the 21st century,” Bonds said.

“Tara exemplifies the passion and expertise that is Jollyville Elementary School,” Jollyville Principal Scott Morgan said. “She started her first meeting with administrators developing a technology plan that is rigorous and focused on ‘raising the bar’ for what our teachers and students would do.”

Bond credits her decision to take a risk, changing her area of concentration from theatre teacher to instructional technology specialist, to those in the district who have supported her growth as an education professional. She includes her previous principal Nancy Guerrero of C.D. Fulkes Middle School, current principal Scott Morgan of Jollyville Elementary, the Instructional Technology leadership team and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Flores on that list of supporters.

“Without the growth mindset and the safe environment in which to grow and learn as a professional, I would not be Teacher of the Year again,” Bond said. “I am a product of Round Rock ISD. I am humbled and proud to be a representative of such a progressive school district.”[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_raw_html]JTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI1NjAlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjIzMTUlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnd3dy55b3V0dWJlLmNvbSUyRmVtYmVkJTJGdmtOdWFMVEgzdmMlMjIlMjBmcmFtZWJvcmRlciUzRCUyMjAlMjIlMjBhbGxvd2Z1bGxzY3JlZW4lM0UlM0MlMkZpZnJhbWUlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row]