Campus Elementary 2016 Teacher of the Year Finalist - Teresa Dolan

Teresa Dolan
Edgewood Elementary

Prekindergarten through 5th Grade, Teacher Librarian

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Houston
 - Downtown, 2005
Masters of Arts and Teaching, University of Houston - Downtown, 2008
Masters of Library Science, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, 2015

Teaching History
Edgewood Elementary, 2014-Present
Treasure Forest Elementary, 2012-2014
Chancellor Elementary, 2006-2012

Total Years in Education—11 Years

In her own words . . .

“We must think differently about education and be willing to have a more innovative and flexible approach to how we educate children. We have to find ways to encourage this same innovative spirit in our students and inspire them to challenge themselves. They need to question the world around them and become explorers who aren’t satisfied by simple answers. As Margaret Mead famously said, ‘Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.’”

In the words of others . . .

“The Edgewood library was not an area of the school utilized at its fullest potential. As a librarian, Ms. Dolan’s role can only be described as transformational. Our library is now a place that fosters creativity, curiosity and collaboration. Thanks to Teresa’s efforts, students now clamor for library time and even volunteer to come back after school hours.”
- Vivian Pratts, Edgewood Elementary Principal

“Teresa has . . . found a way to make this library great. With Collective Greatness in mind, Teresa has written numerous grants, totally reinvented our morning broadcast system, and provided advanced technology that many of our students would never experience if it wasn’t for her.”
- Phoebe Stephenson, Edgewood Elementary Life Skills Teacher

“She does a lot of cool things for Edgewood like have Skypes to different authors and even kids from different schools. I don’t know how many times I have Skyped but I guess it is a lot because I can’t keep count. She also has a bunch of robots for programming and sometimes just messing around with. Another thing we do during library time is we play on the computers and she shows us websites that can help us for STAAR and projects. On top of that she still lets us check out books.”
- Sophia Erazo, Edgewood Elementary Fifth-Grader


Spring Branch ISD