Name/TVS grad year:
Taylor Strong, Class of 2000
Education after high school:
After TVS, I went to Texas A&M where I received a BS in Biomedical Sciences and Marine Biology in 2004. Then I attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and graduated with an MS in Cell and Molecular Biology in 2007. While there I worked under Dr. Jeffrey Thomas doing research in the field of genetics and cancer progression.
As of August 2021, I am teaching Upper School biology here at TVS. For several years, I had hoped that one day I could come back and teach at TVS. I jumped at the opportunity last spring when I heard about an opening.
Before coming to work at TVS, I worked...
...for 13 years teaching biology, AP Biology, and anatomy/physiology at Arlington Heights High School in FWISD.
Favorite TVS memory:
My favorite TVS memory would have to be the Europe trip in the summer of 1999. I was a junior and went with a bunch of friends. For three weeks we travelled and experienced cities from Madrid to Berlin, Vienna, Prague, and Krakow. Paris was a particular favorite of mine as my good friend Martin Hewett '00 and I took a free day to explore the city on the subway.
Three words your students would use to describe you:
They would probably call me "that new guy." But I would hope that they would also describe me as enthusiastic. My favorite part of working in the classroom is introducing challenging topics, helping them through the struggle to understand difficult ideas, then seeing the moment when everything clicks. It is exciting to be a part of that process.
Favorite activities outside of work:
When I am not working, I spend lots of time traveling with my family, mostly to Santa Fe, NM where we enjoy hiking, fishing, and skiing. At home I coach my kids' soccer and basketball teams and like smoking a brisket in the backyard on weekends.
What lesson(s) did you learn from TVS that you want to impart to your current students as well?
I guess the most important lesson that I learned here was to make your time at TVS count. And I think that I am only now realizing the importance of the lesson. The students here today have so many opportunities to be a part of something great. I hope that they take advantage of those opportunities to be an active participant in the
TVS community and to make the lasting friendships and connections that will be with them for the rest of their lives.
My wife, Desiree, is also from Fort Worth. We have two children, Alice and Lillian. They are in second and third grade here at TVS. There are a lot more Strongs connected to TVS. My brother, J.B. graduated in 1998. His children Wyatt, Abby, and Ellie are in sixth, fourth, and first grades. My sister Christal graduated in 2008 and married Scott Miller, also class of 2008. I am sure that their children Ford and Robbie will be here in a few years as well.
What's something most people don't know about you?
My first experience with any sort of teaching/education work was a short job between college and graduate school. I moved to Santa Fe and worked as a ski instructor at Ski Santa Fe and spent all day in the snow helping kids and adults with beginning to advanced ski lessons. It was an amazing experience, and sometimes I look back and wish that I had done it for two years.