Kurt Bouillion, content specialist, English teacher and debate coach at Robert E. Lee High School for the past 19 years, was congratulated recently by the Texas Bar College for completing his first year of membership in the College. While teaching fulltime, he attended South Texas College of Law Houston, graduating from the law school in 2016. He was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2017.
The Texas Bar College is an honorary society of lawyers chartered by the Supreme Court of Texas in 1981 to recognize and encourage lawyers who maintain and enhance their professional skills and the quality of their service to the public by completing at least double the required hours of continuing legal education each year. The College also sponsors or otherwise assists in educational activities of merit and widespread relevance and applicability to the legal profession.
Bouillion, who also teaches two classes at Lee College and two at San Jacinto College as well as Bar Prep courses at South Texas College of Law Houston, has a small law practice, and he still finds teaching rewarding.
“I have no plans to leave teaching at this point, but I am not sure that a person goes to law school, spends three-plus years taking classes and preparing for law school exams, and then undergoes the rigors and anxiety of the Bar Exam not to practice law in some manner,” Bouillion said.
As a student again, Bouillion found he was even more aware of his use of the Socratic Method and questioning strategies in his classroom and of how they benefit his students.
“I’d like to think that by continuing my education, I showed my students that education is important. I hope I set an example for them by working hard to achieve my goals,” Bouillion said.
Along with a Doctor of Juris Prudence degree from South Texas College of Law Houston, Bouillion holds a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston Clear Lake, a Master of Arts in Literature from UHCL and a Bachelor of Arts from Stephen F. Austin State University. He was recognized as The Baytown Sun and Amegy Bank Educator of the Year in 2004 and as a GCCISD Outstanding Teacher in 2009 and 2017.