Thomas P. Davenport is a technology teacher. Raised in Plano, TX, he was in one of the first elementary classrooms, in the country, that used integrated computers. This was a new school asset that was implemented within the district’s PACE program classrooms. He was, later, enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program in middle and high school.
He earned his BA from Carnegie Mellon University; a self designed degree, History, Ethics, and Public Policy, with a minor in Business. He now teaches technology in the Dallas area.
Teaching is a calling for Thomas. He attributes this passion to inspiring teachers that brought excitement to classroom learning in his youth.
In 2011, his second year as a teacher, he was named Teacher of the Year by his Arlington school. Thomas is fired up about teaching kids creativity and innovation, collaboration skills, and of course, technology; but it’s not just about the zeroes and ones.
A project that he implemented, Root122, led his students through the process of brainstorming, planning and creating a school-wide volunteer program to encourage and document community outreach by students. An Irving marketing professional mentored the student’s design of a logo, web site and related materials. Shout out to Justin Downey of JDM-Digital!
Thomas is an avid gardener, health enthusiast, extreme camper, yoga instructor, and certified mediator. He is currently studying natural teaching practices, to better engage students’ native love of learning.