We had the good fortune of connecting with David Brake and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, how does your business help the community or world?
Teachers To Go brings state-certified classroom teachers to the homes of busy families for private tutoring and/or homeschool. We create alternative opportunities for teachers while providing social services by placing the right teacher with each family. The result is that children get a better education and feel less isolated, especially since the advent of coronavirus. We feel that this is especially helpful for younger children who require more human interaction than a virtual or remote curriculum can offer. Technology can inform, but only a real human teacher can inspire.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I started out as a teacher part-time in schools and privately, and I taught both music and English speaking and pronunciation. As a private teacher and tutor back in 2005, I found my schedule filled up quite quickly. As a result, I soon began referring other teachers when requests came in that I was not available to accept. As I began spending more and more time with referrals, I realized that in order to continue, I would need to be paid. I also became fascinated by which teachers were a good fit for which families and why, and I began honing my skills as a matchmaker. The whole thing was by accident really, but looking back, what I do today is a logical conclusion.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Most of my favorite places to visit in Houston right now are family-friendly activity spots because I have elementary and preschool age kids. Some of the most fun places to go are the ones you would expect like the parks, museums, aquarium, and the zoo. However, there are some gems off the beaten path that we really enjoy: Club Westside (formerly Westside Tennis Club now a mini-resort in Memorial), Blessington Farms in Wallis, Showboat Drive-In movies in Hockley, Urban Air Trampoline Park in Hempstead, and the occasional kids’ matinee or ballgame on weekends at Star Cinema Grill in Richmond/Katy.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Honestly, my inspiration on a daily basis comes from all of the great teachers I have been privileged to meet and work with over the past ten years. The best teachers have qualities that I admire more than I can describe briefly, but here are a few: caring, consistent, selfless, patient, truthful, kind, showing leadership, good role model, inspiring, and above all, an undying devotion to the improvement and needs of their students. Teachers change lives. Period.