Relay Dallas-Fort Worth shares the entrepreneurial spirit that has made the DFW Metroplex a hub for educational innovation. Our Dallas-Fort Worth programs bring a new approach to P-12 teacher preparation, emphasizing practical, highly effective, and intentional teaching methods that drive student success.
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.
In partnership with local public schools, Relay has launched the Teaching Residency, the first program of its kind in the DFW area. Residents teach under the guidance of a master teacher in their first year and become full-time teachers in the second year of the program. The partnership creates a robust and selective recruitment pipeline for talent and gives new teachers a gradual on-ramp to teaching.