Leaving lasting expressions

Math teacher departs school while remaining loved by staff and students


Photo by Breanan Cranford

Algebra 2 teacher Nicole Ayers teaches a lesson. Ayers has been part of the tiger family for three years and will now teach at St. James.

Story by Jenna Wiliamson, staff writer

She was a light in the lives of many students. An icon and loved one, who will now be leaving our tiger family to find a new home.

STEM Pre-AP Algebra 2 teacher, Nicole Ayers, has just released the news that she will be pursuing a new dream as a teacher at St. James Day School next school year.

“I have accepted a position teaching math and science at St. James Day School next year,” Ayers said. “They recently voted to add 7th and 8th grades to their campus, and I will be part of the team planning and implementing their upward expansion. As much a I hate the thought of leaving Texas High, I look forward to this new venture.”

While the Tiger family will be experiencing a loss of a great, successful teacher, she will be getting to experience new things that she may not have been able to anywhere else.

“While I am excited about the curriculum planning, this is much more personal for me,” Ayers said. “I, now, have the opportunity to teach my oldest son. He is still young enough that he wants me around, and I know that this will not always be the case.”

Ayers expresses great excitement about her new job. However, the transition will still be bittersweet experience for her.

The teachers are the most amazing people to work with, and I have learned so much from my colleagues over the past three years.”

— Nicole Ayers

“The thing I will miss the most about Texas High, will be the people,” Ayers said. “I have always felt the support from administration, and I appreciate how they have given me the resources and freedom to try new things in my classroom. The teachers are the most amazing people to work with, and I have learned so much from my colleagues over the past three years.”

With the entire school and administration saddened by the departure of a well- known, and beloved teacher, she is still being supported 100 percent. Texas High is more than excited to see what opportunities and great things she will accomplish.

“Leaving Texas High will be one of the hardest things I have ever done,” Ayers said. “I do believe that this is a door that God has opened for me to grow as a professional and to grow closer to my family.”