As founding Dean of Relay Dallas-Fort Worth, Jabari Sims oversees the Metroplex’s growing teacher preparation programs. A Louisiana native, Sims started his career as a teacher in Houston, Texas. He eventually moved to New York City, where he taught, served in several education and school leadership positions, and was a founding principal at an elementary school in Brooklyn. During his time teaching in the Bronx, Sims’ 4th grade students earned the highest test scores in the state and were featured in the New York Daily News. Sims earned his M.Ed. in Education Administration from National Louis University, as well as a B.A. in English from Dillard University.
The Dallas-Fort Worth region is one of the fastest growing areas of the country. Once the heart of cowboy culture and later the epicenter of the oil boom, Dallas-Fort Worth now boasts a diversified economy and rich culture, and is home to some of the most successful school networks in Texas.
Campus Overview and Salaries
Teacher starting salary: $48,000-52,000
Resident starting salary: $30,000
Learn more about the Relay Teaching Residency, a unique two-year pathway into teaching. Residents are employed by PK-12 school partners as “residents” or apprentices in year one, working in the classroom of an experienced teacher, and then become lead teachers in year two.
Social & Education Landscape
The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex comprises Dallas, the 9th largest city in the United States, and Fort Worth, the 15th largest city. Originally built on oil, cattle, and cotton, the Metroplex has transitioned into what some call “Silicon Prairie,” thanks to a technology boom starting in the 1990s.
Now home to 21 Fortune 500 companies, Dallas-Fort Worth is economically vibrant, diverse, and cultured, claiming the United States’ large urban arts district. The city’s population growth has been explosive – adding almost 150,000 people per year – which creates a unique environment for teachers, who will teach a diverse group of students in a fast-growing metro area with plenty to do and see. Relay’s Dallas-Fort Worth partners, Uplift Education and KIPP DFW, have been recognized as some of the most high-achieving and rewarding schools in Texas.
+ City Fun
Fort Worth – known as the “City of Cowboys and Culture” – is home to some of the largest rodeos in the world. Fort Worth also houses the famous Cultural District, filled with nature (Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Fort Worth Zoo) and art (Casa Mañana, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth).
In Dallas, explore your "wild" side at the Dallas World Aquarium, which offers exotic sea creatures and a living rainforest with a plethora of interesting animals. Enjoy a football game at AT&T Stadium, home of America’s Team: the Dallas Cowboys.
The DFW area is also known for its delicious barbeque and Tex-Mex food, so dig in!
+ Getting Around
Most residents of Dallas and Fort Worth find that having a car is helpful to get around. Public transportation is available in both cities, but is not always convenient.
The DART bus system operates in Dallas and 12 surrounding cities, serving over 200,000 passengers per day across a 700-square-mile area. The "T" bus service provides transportation for the Fort Worth area, serving over 25,000 people per day. The Trinity Railway Express is co-operated by DART and The T, and provides transportation between Dallas and Fort worth.
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