ABOUT TEACHING TO GIVE
Inspired to take action after witnessing the educational gap created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Teaching to Give is a student-led organization that offers pupils in K-8th Grade free education and tutoring services in various subjects ranging from academics to the arts. We at Teaching to Give wish to serve the community by providing a more convenient option for students to get the educational help they need by using our experience as high school students to provide individualized online learning sessions to help kids get a head start or simply reach their full potential. Additionally, we strive to produce a new line of leaders who constantly strive to better the community around them by utilizing proceeds from our fundraisers to provide resources for underprivileged children in our local Houston community.
Meet the Leaders of Teaching to Give
Founder | President
Pianist Weillison Hsu is a sophomore at HSPVA who has been volunteering since 5th grade as the President of the Houston Branch of Music of Harmony and as a recipient of the Music Doing Good Scholarship from 2017-2019. Weillison is active on the competition scene where he has won the Houston Forum Young Artist Competition and the 2020 TMTA Performance Contest, as well as second place in the KMTA Jazz Festival and Honorable Mention in the 2019 TMTA Performance Contest. Also a violinist, Weillison has been a member of the first violin section in both the TMEA Region 23 Philharmonic Orchestra and the Houston Youth Symphony Philharmonia Orchestra. In his spare time, Weillison enjoys creating virtual music collaborations and reading biographies.
Founder | Vice President | Website Manager
Hailed by Anne-Marie McDermott as an “astounding young pianist“, Hayden Miller’s combination of “51 year old maturity” with “creativity and imagination” has lead him to win the CMTA Sonata, Concerto, and Multi-Era Competitions, and also be a finalist in the TMTA Performance Contest. Hayden’s multi-faceted life has also allowed him to participate in the 2019 TPSMEA All-State Orchestra as Assistant Principal Violist. Additionally, the Houston Hour Radio Show commissioned him to compose the introduction for their program. A Sophomore at Kinder HSPVA, Hayden won the Freshman Excellence Award for the Piano Department and Geography, as well as the Best Essays Award in English. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, cooking, and participating in Science Bowl.
Founder | Historian
Lina is a sophomore and a visual arts major at HSPVA. She has been passionate in visual arts through years of learning and exploration, excelling since a young age. Her achievements include multiple Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Superior and Excellence awards throughout elementary and junior high as well as receiving 2019 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Best of Show award and a joint scholarship to the Glassel School of Art as an eighth grader. She has also received high ratings of 4 and a Regional medals in VASE Art competitions since junior high. Furthermore, she was one of two artists selected by judges to represent her school at the 2019 Via Colori Street Art Festival. Lina loves teaching in addition to art: she has been teaching English to students in China during the pandemic. In her free time, Lina loves playing the violin, sports, and participating in STEM competitions.
Founder | Secretary
Amy is a sophomore at Bellaire High School and actively volunteers for her community. She has been competing in speech and debate tournaments for many years, and has received a myriad of awards, including 2nd place at the Texas State Speech and Debate Tournament. Amy loves speech and debate, and hopes to expand her experience in public speaking in the future. Furthermore, Amy has a passion for everything STEM and keeps up with recent developments in the field. She loves hanging with and talking to kids, and has experience supervising and tutoring them at churches and camps. Interacting with younger audiences has become a big part of her life, and she finds the experiences to be invaluable. In her free time, Amy loves to read and has recently taken the time to learn how to play guitar.
Founder | Treasurer
Fiona is a sophomore at Kinder HSPVA for the clarinet who has nine years of experience with music. She has competed in TMEA competitions for clarinet five times and has earned first chair in All-City three times, first chair in the All-Region wind ensemble, and first chair in the All-Region orchestra. For the past three years she has also earned gold medals in solo and ensemble competitions. Music has always been a comfort to Fiona, whether it be listening to music or playing it. Along with the clarinet, she also plays piano and dances multiple times a week. In her free time, Fiona enjoys baking, learning to play the kalimba and ukulele, or spending time with her two cats.
Ashley is a sophomore violinist at Kinder HSPVA, who has been playing the violin since she was 6 years old. Ashley has earned a gold medal in the UIL solo and ensemble competition. She has also earned many awards while being in her schools orchestra such as sweapstakes in UIL orchestra. Along with playing the violin she dances at Houston Ballet Academy and is currently in level 8. While dancing at Houston Ballet Academy she was been in Staton Welch's Nutcracker for the past 8 years. and has participated in her schools yearly spring show. Academically, Ashley likes to challlenge herself by talking harder classes which has helped her win awards such as the Math Exellence award at PVA and the Rube Goldberg award at T.H. Rogers.
Pallavi Gorantla is a sophomore at Bellaire High School. She has been learning Spanish since 2nd grade and has been to various Spanish-speaking countries. In middle school, Pallavi competed in UIL competitions and placed 1st multiple times in math, science, and social studies. She is also in the school newspaper and loves to write stories. Pallavi enjoys reading books and loves learning more about the world. She has traveled to a number of countries and knows a lot about culture and geography. Pallavi also loves to work, play, and teach with children and hopes to impact their lives.