Director of Creative Voices
As director of Creative Voices, Armando Banchs leads The Fellowship Initiative, DaVerse Lounge and Works, Artivism and Creative Solutions, reaching more than 3,800 youth with 50,800 learning hours annually. Armando joined Big Thought in 2017 as program director for The Fellowship Initiative, but he has been working as an advocate for education and leadership in Dallas and Arlington for more than sixteen years. His diverse experiences include teaching at the Classics Academy, mentoring at-risk youth in after school programming, mentoring student teachers from area universities, as well as teaching adult citizenship night classes and creating district curriculum.
Armando has received Campus Teacher of the Year for two Dallas ISD campuses, grant money for the Dallas Theater Center Project Discovery – Young Patrons Program, created a cooperative with SMU School of Education, and awarded MET Teacher (Measure of Effective Teaching) from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for 2010 – 2013. Banchs received his Bachelor of Science from the School of Psychology and Education in interdisciplinary studies from the University of North Texas.