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What Makes a Great Teacher?

The website Niche has published its rankings of the Houston metro area high schools with the best teachers. But how do you evaluate such a thing? What makes a teacher great? We talk with Mark Tressler, vice president of product for Niche about how the site established its evaluation. Then, we turn to a parent, […]

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The website Niche has published its rankings of the Houston metro area high schools with the best teachers. But how do you evaluate such a thing? What makes a teacher great? We talk with Mark Tressler, vice president of product for Niche about how the site established its evaluation.

Then, we turn to a parent, a teacher’s union representative and a school administrator for their definitions — and we welcome yours. Think about the best teachers you ever had. What did they have in common? Why did they reach you in a way that other teachers didn’t? What qualities would you like all of Houston’s teachers to have?

E-mail us your thoughts at talk@houstonmatters.org.

(Photo: Laura Isensee, Houston Public Media)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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