We are a group of creative professionals who have a passion for ideas, education, and unconventional thinking.
Stewart Brown is an intervention specialist at Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas with a focus on science that focuses on the scientific process in conjunction with content mastery. He holds a Principal certification in the state of Texas and earned a Master's degree at Furman University (SC). Stewart is also a two-time state coach of the year in soccer after transitioning from coaching and teaching at the collegiate level. Additionally, Stewart is the author the best selling college recruiting book, The Student Athlete's Guide to Getting Recruited. Stewart also works with students, parents, coaches and administrators through his workshop facilitations with the Positive Coaching Alliance to enhance the sporting environment and experience of youth and high school sports.
As the founder and lead developer of TFC Michael Warren teaches visual arts at Highland Park high school in Dallas Texas where he also leads the school's professional development committee. He received his BFA in Visual Arts Studies from the University of North Texas, followed by a MA in Visual Communications from Texas A&M Commerce. Michael has been a high school teacher for 14 years, with experience teaching all levels and mediums of art including each of the portfolios in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate. He has had a passion for professional development for most of his career. Michael is a cofounder the Florence Master Class and has recently been developing and presenting sessions for teachers with content ranging from media-specific development in the visual arts, to design based thinking and cross curricular planning.
Justin Childress is a graphic designer, writer, and design educator. He is a Creative Director and partner at Switch, a friendly branding and interactive design studio in Dallas, where he works with a wide variety of clients ranging from individuals and non-profits to startups and national brands. He received his BFA in Communication Design from TCU and his MFA in Visual Communication from Texas A&M University-Commerce, where his thesis work explored how interactive tools can influence hazard projection and route planning by cyclists who depend on bike-specific roadways. His design work has been recognized by AIGA, Print Magazine, and DSVC among others, and he is a regular speaker on the future of curiosity-driven design in a disillusioned visual culture. Currently, Justin is a Visiting Fellow and Designer in Residence for SMU's Master of Arts in Design and Innovation graduate program.