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Inspiring teacher channels music and life experience to help kids learn in their own way

Rawson Saunders teacher David Truly

Music has always played an important part in David Truly's life and career.

"Chronologically I was a musician first and with a band that started in the late 70s with some college friends from Nashville."

He also co-owned a club called The Old Post Office that hosted some big names in the business.

"Performers like Buddy Rich, Bonnie Raitt, Warren Zevon, Jerry Jeff, Dave Matthews, Hootie and the Blowfish and countless others." recalls Truly.

"Music has always been a passion," he added. "But playing music was and is a bit self-indulgent if I am being honest, so I found teaching at any level felt a little like giving back. Not saying music can't be a gift to people and society in many ways but teaching kind of vindicated my years of having fun."

Fast forward through career moves that sent him on adventures that allowed him to research, consult, educate, and of course make music in the United State and Mexico.

"We raised our kids there until they were in junior high and brought them to Austin." said Truly. "Both our kids were diagnosed with varying degrees of dyslexia. So they spent two years at Rawson Saunders."

Rawson Saunders is a private school in Austin created to help and support students with dyslexia. After the school helped Truly's children, Rawson Saunders hired him about five years ago.

"I took a position to teach social studies at RS," said Truly. "It's a more intimate form of teaching, We focus on the individual learning styles and needs of each child and encourage them to believe in their own abilities. Dyslexic people are often incredibly innovative and creative and simply need to learn the tools and skills to turn their learning difference into a learning advantage."

That's where Truly says he turns to music again.

"Music is universal," said Truly. "I use music in geography and history courses at the high school level at Rawson Saunders. Music is an excellent contextual tool to use to discuss any social studies course."

Truly says he sees the difference music makes in his students--and knows the difference it makes in him.

"I still enjoy seeing students break through those barriers that keep them from success," said Truly, who adds, "I write songs and play guitar to keep sane."


Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation

🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway