A&M-Commerce alum Eric Hale recently spoke with NBCDFW about ways to prepare children for the new school year, whatever it may bring. Among his tips, Hale encouraged parents to practice self-care. “You have to find at least 45 minutes a day, whether it’s meditation, going for a walk, knitting, sewing, whatever it might be…How your mental state goes, it’s going to affect the children that you serve,” Hale said. Hale received a master’s degree in education from A&M-Commerce. He is the reigning Elementary School Teacher of the Year for Dallas ISD. View the interview.