Hello! My name is Anthony Poullard and welcome to my site. I am currently an educator, a leader, and a learner – in the form of an assistant principal – in Coppell Independent School District in the Dallas-Fort Worth area (click here for school profile). I absolutely love my profession!!! I am passionate about inspiring creativity, collaboration, and innovation for both educators and learners within an environment where all stakeholders can be successful.
I am a proud Texas native. My older brother and I were raised by our amazing mother in north Houston. I graduated from Klein High School in Houston, Texas. A few years later, I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with my Bachelors of Arts degree in Spanish with a special emphasis in secondary foreign language education and special honors in Spanish and Education. I treasure my years at UT Austin. An interesting fact about my college years is that I was the university mascot. While in college, I studied abroad in la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Argentina. Instantly, I fell in love with the Spanish language and culture. Infatuated with these cultural experiences and the kindness of the Argentine people, I ventured back to Argentina the next year and taught Spanish Language Arts & Literature at la Escuela Superior de Comercio Manuel Belgrano.
Since then, I have traveled extensively throughout Europe, South America, and Central America. Traveling is my hobby and how I spend my entire summers! For six summers, I traveled as a Program Coordinator for Putney Student Travel & National Geographic Student Expeditions with a group of high school students across the world for community service and language learning opportunities. Check out the program blog from Argentina and the program highlight from Costa Rica if you would like to relive some of our experiences.
Some of my favorite moments in education were spent as a classroom educator. I taught all sections of Spanish at the middle school and high school levels, including Pre-Advanced Placement and CTE language courses. During my teaching years, I was humbled and honored as the Teacher of the Year. This honor evoked deep reflection on my journey as an educator and a desire to grow as a teacher leader. As a lead Spanish educator at several levels, I understood the impact of shaping the environment outside of my classrooms and within the greater school community. This desire led me to continue my learning and collaboration with those around me and abroad.
A highlight of my learning experience was completing my dual degree program from Dallas Baptist University: a Master of Education with an emphasis in Educational Leadership and a Master of Business Administration with special interests in Human Resources. The dual degree program provided a strong understanding and relevant skills both in developing business models and in leading educational organizations effectively from an administrative perspective. After deciding to leave my first love, the classroom, I currently utilize these skills and partner with our campus community as an assistant principal at Coppell High School.
As an educational leader, I believe we must inspire our learners to succeed in a future they create. I am excited to be a part of the education transformational process that is happening across globe, as we strive to meet the needs of our educators and learners in strategic, individualized, and innovative ways.