Timothy Couillard

Teacher, James River High School
Midlothian, VA, United States

About Timothy


New Englander, born and raised in New Hampshire. Attended the University of Virginia including a study aboard program to Perth, Western Australia. Graduated with a degree in Physics (1996) and began teaching at James River High School in Midlothian, VA (1996-present). Earned a Master's in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University (2000). Applied (unsuccessfully) to NASA's Astronaut Corps in 2002. Created the the 11th grade Ethics course for the JRHS Center for Leadership and International Relations. Developed curriculum for the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program and work as a Master Teacher for their online course as well as the VASTS Summer Academy at NASA Langley Research Center. In 2009, I became a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) in Science. I have been recognized by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) with the Vernier Technology Award and the CIBA Award for Exemplary High School Teaching. Currently, I am focused on the integration of TEDx into the high school classroom.

An idea worth spreading

Put yourself out there and support others. You have no idea how much impact you have on their lives.

I'm passionate about

Physics Teaching, Teaching Ethics, TEDx, Guerrilla Goodness

Talk to me about

STEM Education, Teaching Ethics in High School, Organizing TEDx,

People don't know I'm good at

Judging competition BBQ and brewing beer.

My TED story

Using TED to create a high school Ethics class. Taken my students to TEDxNASA, TEDxTeen, and TEDxMidatlantic conferences. Now we're hooked. Want to get my students better connected to the TED Community. Humbled to have the opportunity to attend the TEDxSummitt in Doha, Qatar in the spring of 2012. Hope to attend/speak at the TED Global or the original TED conference. The past two summers, our students created a TEDxYouth event, TEDxYouth@JamesRiverRoad. Most recently, I am part of the planning committee for TEDxRVA and TEDxYouth@RVA, Richmond's annual citywide TEDx event.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

Timothy Couillard
Posted over 3 years ago
What would you do in the next 60 days the get the most of the TEDxSummit in Doha?
Hi Daniel, Looking forward to meeting you as well. Hoping there are other TEDx teachers out there too! Judging from some of your favorite TED Talks I think we much common ground. More on that later. Would love to collaborate. I teach 2 classes of 11th grade Ethics in our school's Center for Leadership and International Relations here in Richmond, VA. So this type of thing is kinda right in our wheelhouse. I think we could definitely carve out some time for a joint project of some sort. Something to think about. Great to hear from you! Thanks, Tim