We are proud to share this guest post by Brandon Ballard, a.k.a. “Mr. B,” about how he approaches technology education at SST Alamo.
Hello, I’m Brandon J. Ballard, and I am a technology teacher at the School of Science and Technology—Alamo.
I became part of the SST community when my family and I attended the kindergarten open enrollment event coordinated by Families Empowered in 2017. We were impressed by SST’s curriculum and testimonies that we chose Alamo campus for our child school.
Upon my child’s starting kindergarten, my relationship with teachers and administrative staff members became strong, which opened an employment opportunity presented by former principal, Elizabeth James. In my first two years at SST—Alamo, I worked as a teacher’s aide, contributing to support teachers and staff members around the campus.
My current principal, Serdar Bulut, presented me with an opportunity to promote a technology course, Project Lead The Way (PLTW). Through PLTW, students are learning innovative technology by being creative and practicing critical thinking, which are vital skill-sets to obtain for both academic successes and in their future careers.
My former career in the United States Marine Corps has greatly affected my teaching style, which highlights unique qualities in education. The SST Alamo families know when “Mr. B switches his gear to Marine.”
Having been given an opportunity to teach technology education at SST Alamo has become my blessing. I want to thank my students’ families for allowing me to be part of their educational journey and help cultivate young minds. My overall mission and vision is to give back to the community through the means of education.
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Brandon J. Ballard, a.k.a. “Mr. B,” is a technology education teacher at the School of Science and Technology—Alamo. His foundation stems from a military background, having served 11 years in the United States Marine Corps. After separating from the military, he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Design, Media and Technology Studies at the University of the Incarnate Word. This is his third year teaching at SST—Alamo.
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