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Meet Kristy Butler

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Teaching is one of the most rewarding jobs a person can do - but it isn’t always pretty. My ability to start each day with a fresh mindset, especially if the day before was not a great one, is imperative to my students’ success. A good educator, when faced with adversity, takes a deep breath and teaches on.

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  • 6-8th Grade Math Teacher


  • Texas Christian University


  • 2016-2017 Travis Middle School Teacher of the Year
  • 2016-2017 Student's Choice 6th Grade Teacher of the Year
  • 2016-2017 Bobcat Pride Award
  • Teaching Trust Ed Fellows Adult Leadership

Teacher Certification Program

Why I Teach

I spent many summers attending camps while growing up in the Rio Grande Valley. Influenced by the wonderful counselors I had, I became a counselor for many years.

I received my Bachelors of Science in Education from TCU and my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from UTA.  While attending TCU, I realized I wanted to do something that helped kids, much like when I was a camp counselor. I feel a close connection to my students at Travis Middle School and enjoy challenging them every day.

“My standards for my students have always been high.I push them to go beyond their comfort level- encouraging them to reach for the stars. I can do this with my kids because they know how much I care for them and their futures, not only as students but as human beings.”

I have received numerous honors during my tenure in Irving ISD. I was Teacher of the Year for the 2016-17 school year at Travis Middle School and was in the top three candidates for Secondary Teacher of the Year in Irving ISD; however, I am most proud of the 2016 6th Grade Students’ Choice Award- selected by the 6th grade at Travis Middle School.

Irving ISD by the numbers

  • 2,284

    Dedicated Teachers

  • 34,872


  • $57.3K

    New Teacher Starting Salary

About Irving ISD