Colleagues Remember FWISD Educator Tim Hood
Colleagues and former students are remembering Fort Worth ISD’s Tim Hood this week as a stern, passionate and selfless educator and mentor.
Mr. Hood died Tuesday at his home after a long, hard-fought cancer battle. He was 62.
A Celebration of Life service honoring Mr. Hood is being planned for this summer.
For more than 30 years, Mr. Hood was a FWISD teacher. He joined the District in 1983 as a math teacher at Southwest High School and he spent a bulk of his career there. He’s credited with creating the high school’s state recognized Gold Seal Advanced Media Program (AMP), also known as SHS Productions.
“Mr. Hood was passionate about his craft. He built the broadcast and journalism department (literally) from the ground up,” Southwest Principal John Engel said. “He had a tireless work ethic, commitment to excellence, love for children and great smile. He related to all children and staff and mentored many teachers. His homecoming creations are Legendary. He was a true Southwest ICON.”
Most recently, Mr. Hood was the facilities coordinator at the I.M. Terrell Academy of STEM and VPA, his “dream job,” according to his obituary. At Terrell, he scheduled, staffed and oversaw events at the Performing Arts Center.
His obituary recalls Mr. Hood sharing the following with his daughters about the position: “It is like my entire life and everything I learned was all leading up to me having this job.”
“Mr. Hood was as committed as they came. He always made sure to put our kids and staff first before anything else,” said Terrell Academy Principal Baldwin Brown. “He was a staunch advocate for kids and was a great mentor to have. He was passionate about his work and made sure that anything that he was involved in was of the highest quality.
“Mr. Hood was not only our Facility Manager, he was also instrumental in the planning of the new performing arts center. In the short time he was with us, he left an immeasurable mark on the kids, staff, and individuals that worked with him. He will be missed by the entire Terrell community.”
Following news of Mr. Hood’s death, multiple colleagues shared fond memories of him and the indelible impact he leaves on the FWISD community.
“Tim was an incredible human being -- a teacher and mentor to so many over the years,” a FWISD Visual and Performing Arts Department statement reads on Facebook. “ His contributions are immeasurable, and his absence will be deeply felt. Our hearts are heavy and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones.”
‘Unlike Most Educators’
Passionate; funny; quick-witted, challenging but a heart of gold are all characteristics that come to mind for Southwest High’s Television Instructor for AMP, Darcy Deupree McCready, as she reflects on her colleague, friend and mentor. Mrs. McCready met Mr. Hood 15 years ago while she was a student teacher at Texas Christian University. The two became colleagues three years later.
She said that he taught her the ropes when it came to Southwest’s media technology program, professional development and classroom management. Mrs. McCready had a front-row seat as he educated thousands and gave them real-world experience shooting and producing live events. He played the role of a “tough boss,” with his students, preparing them for life outside his classroom and the school production truck.
“He told them ‘if you can make it with me as a boss, you can make it with anyone,’” she said.
Despite his sometimes-tough demeanor, Mr. Hood had a softer side, always opening his doors to students who fell on hard times, offering food when needed, and the extra nudge to get them over the hump.
He’s also known for building some of the school’s most elaborate homecoming sets, alongside his wife, that many in the Southwest High community looked forward to annually.
“He was unlike most educators,” Mrs. McCready said.
The Southwest AMP program started as a club and was born out of a hobby of Mr. Hood’s, Mrs. McCready said. It evolved into a program that transformed multiple lives and became state recognized. Mrs. McCready said that she intends to remember her colleague by continuing the tradition he started and keeping his legacy alive for future students entering the program.
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