The Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce selected Sunset High School band instructor Rametria Smith as its high school educator of the year.
Smith, who was featured in the Advocate in 2013, graduated from a DISD high school and returned to teach in her hometown. Since she took over the Sunset band program about 10 years ago, it has improved significantly. There are now two concert bands, a marching band and two ensembles. The marching band practices about eight hours a week outside of class, and they’ve won many accolades, including the high school battle of the bands.
The chamber’s other winners are Sue Kavli of Dallas Baptist University, Tonikka “Toni” Dickerson of KIPP TRUTH Academy Middle School, Carmalie Sims of George Washington Carver Creative Arts Learning Center, Barbara McGinley of Rosemont Primary School and
Nancy De la Pena of Faith Family Early Childhood Center.