Tristan Love

Tristan Love

Assistant Principal


Houston Independent School District

Houston, TX USA


Whatever you do is gonna be ten times harder than for the next person, but because of what you went through, you’ll be ten times more capable.

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Grew up in crime- and poverty-stricken neighborhoods in Houston, TX.
Says his green eyes and lighter complexion made him an outsider and a target in these neighborhoods, which forced him to resort to violence to protect himself.
Joined a gang at the age of 12—says he was the kid that got into trouble outside of school, but excelled in school: “My conduct wasn’t always on point, but my grades were.”
He accepted a majority-to-minority transfer that sent him to a predominantly white high school where he felt his chances to succeed were better, but found he still had to defend himself.
At the end of his first year there, he started a gang riot and his transfer was revoked—he moved across Houston to live with his father to “reinvent himself,” but his gang troubles followed him.
After a rival gang burned down his house, he thought he’d have to drop out of school to help his family financially—a nonprofit organization stepped in with aid so that he could stay in school.
He and his friend ended up earning full-ride scholarships to debate at Wiley College—there they joined the second generation of the infamous debate team, “The Great Debaters.”
After graduation, he worked with Teach for America and is now one of Houston Independent School District’s youngest assistant principals, helping other at-risk students succeed in school and beyond.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Wiley College
graduate
Graduate
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
University of St. Thomas
Career

Career

Assistant Principal

I am a former gang member turned teacher and passionate advocate for education.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Education
Non-Profit Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations
Teaching / Mentoring
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

Everyday is different and a challenge in their own unique ways. I go to a lot of meetings with teachers, administrators, students, and parents. I'm always trying to innovate and think of new ways to reach my students utilizing the lessons learned from my own experiences.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Volunteer with nonprofit organizations, learn leadership skills, and have a passion for teaching/mentoring others.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Find a mentor that understands you and can help you achieve your goals. Don't always focus on the big name colleges, sometimes the small ones can give you the most return on your investment.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
graduate
Graduate
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"You can't go to your dream school because it's too expensive, you have to take the scholarship and go to the free school. "

It was a difficult reality to accept, but I knew I was the caliber of student that could succeed at any school and make a name for myself. I've always been told it's good to be a big fish in a small pond.

Challenges I Overcame

Gangs / Violence
Gangs / Violence

I was initiated into a gang when I was 12 years old and got into a gang brawl at my high school which resulted in me getting kicked out. Later, someone burned down our house and my family was left with nothing but the clothes on our back.

School Stress
School Stress

An unplanned pregnancy my last year of college derailed my plans for medical school, but it opened up an opportunity to teach.