Allison Ross serves as Curriculum Coordinator, Middle School Advisor, and educator in mathematics, language arts, social studies, and QUEST classes. Though at one point or another Ms. Ross entertained the idea of pursuing careers as a gymnast, ballerina, actress, orthodontist, fashion designer, and occupational therapist, she ultimately decided that teaching suited her best. With a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Texas Christian University, Ms. Ross is a horned frog at heart. After spending the early part of her teaching career in a more traditional elementary classroom, she developed a passion for gifted learners and returned to school, earning her Masters in Gifted Education from Hardin-Simmons University in 2013. As an educator, she thrives off of developing innovative lessons that promote authentic learning and digital media integration. In addition to aiding her students’ growth as learners, Ms. Ross enjoys coaching students through the social, emotional, and executive functioning challenges that often accompany giftedness.
Prior to her time at E.A. Young Academy, Ms. Ross taught third and second grade in Birdville ISD and helped launch a leadership based private school. There she taught first through seventh grade, earned her certification in Project Based Learning through the Buck Institute for Education, and developed the school’s leadership and service-learning curriculum.
Since joining E.A. Young Academy in 2015, Ms. Ross developed the Purple Cord Service-Learning Program, implemented yearly travel opportunities for middle school scholars, and revitalized the curriculum for the QUEST classes, which promote an understanding of self, the world, and the application of creative and critical thinking skills. Ms. Ross currently presents at conferences on topics related to gifted education including curriculum compacting, Project Based Learning, choice and voice in the classroom, and the role of gameplay in the development of prosocial behaviors.
Outside of the classroom walls, Ms. Ross enjoys exploring her creativity through the culinary arts, watercolor painting, and adding to her dance repertoire. At her church, she oversees a discipleship ministry and mentors college students. Ms. Ross loves planning her next adventure - generally to much cooler climates, though she loves calling Texas home.