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    Mr. Travis Smith
    Pre-Calculus Pre-AP and AP Calculus AB
    My name is Travis Smith. This is my sixth year teaching at Trinidad Garza Early College High School. I love teaching, especially the fulfillment that comes with watching our youth mature into young adults.

    I was born in Dallas, TX and I am a proud product of Dallas Independent School District. After graduating from Science Engineering Magnet School, I attended college at the University of Texas at Dallas. While there, I was accepted into the Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Leadership program, sponsored by State Senator Royce West. It was through this program of service and merit that I was able to serve several internships at Texas Instruments, gaining professional experience to augment the academic knowledge gained at UT-Dallas. After graduating with my Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics, I was accepted as a fellow within the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science(GEM). I utilized this fellowship upon being accepted into Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia, where I graduated with a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering(obtaining the first advanced degree in my family). Soon after returning to Dallas, I accepted a position with Texas Instruments as a product engineer in the New Products Division of cellular phone power management.

    While working as a project leader, I joined the National Society of Black Engineers and was elected as Chairman of the Pre-College Initiative. I also began volunteering as a school mentor at Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet School via TI Community Relations. It was there that my love of teaching began, serving students as a mentor and tutor for over 3 years. When my group reorganized, I left Texas Instruments after years of wonderful experiences to formally explore a new career path in education.  

    I’ve always loved mathematics, and I believe that it should be fun and relevant. The key is that the students, teachers, administrators and staff must believe that we’re all in it together, never give up, and strive to be our best – in math and in life. We must be one team, one school – and united we’ll stand.

    Thank you for reading.
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