Name: Timothy R. Pyles

School: Marshall Middle School: Academy of Fine Arts

Subject: Art


Tell us a little bit about you? Things you like outside of school, etc…

I am an avid creator, from children’s book illustrations to video editing, I am constantly working on art. I have illustrated three children’s books (artwork can be seen on my website and prior to teaching was a marketing coordinator where I worked on the graphic design and branding team. I maintain this work now as a freelance digital artist and brand consultant.
To keep sane during these trying times I tend to do yoga or find a cozy nook to read in; this last summer I finished fifteen books and twelve graphic novels.
I am a huge foodie and when not cooking try my best to support local restaurants and food trucks. In addition, I like to randomly go trekking in cityscapes or parks to better discover the environment around me.


Give us an idea of your education passion, can you tell us something of why you chose education…

I chose education, and art in particular, because I wanted to be the teacher I needed as a Houston ISD student. I have always leaned towards the arts–even participating in Art Galleries as a high school student–but have never fully received support in it. My family was very kind and called me talented but saw it as a hobby instead as a passion I could find a career in. After graduating high school top of class, I received a full-ride scholarship to study Biomedical Engineering. I began this route as a college student but faltered, ultimately changing my major four times before transferring to University of Houston Downtown and pursuing Education and Communications (in branding and web-design). After graduating I illustrated my first children’s book, and later got a job in marketing. I had successfully propelled my career and sustainability in an art field but did not feel fulfilled. I knew I much rather pursue my own vision in the arts and help other support theirs, opposed to fueling the needs of a corporation. I left my job in Marketing to start my teaching career and have loved every second of it. I have been able to help my students in skill and appreciation of visual arts. Not to mention a unit that specifically goes over careers they can pursue, and the steps they need to take to get their dream job. Too, in keeping them interested and to better serve an underprivileged community, I expanded my school’s art program with their interests in animation and digital art. In short, I get to live my life’s passion every single day with each of my students and am able to support their dreams in fulfilling there’s (with tangible proof of success in the creative field from my own professional background).


To help you feel better what do you like? Card, Starbucks, candy, prayer, etc… list as many things as you wish

When feeling down or overwhelmed I love: a random note of appreciation, coffee, a book recommended by someone, pizza, and tea.


To help you with supplies, what items are you wanting?

In dreaming big my answer would be a classroom set of drawing tablets that can better support my animation and digital art students. Too, I’d greatly appreciate, art supplies for in class sessions, and for students to work with from home (color pencils, sketchbooks, pencils, charcoal and chalk pastels, plasticine clay -to do a unit on Claymation-, carboard to make boxes and 3-D art, and construction paper.)