How many of you can recall your favorite childhood teacher–the one who inspired you to not only dream big, but to put in the work needed to make the dream come true, or encouraged you to always do your best no matter the task. How about the one who challenged you to never limit yourself and push beyond your wildest imagination?
The truth is, a good teacher can influence us for years to come, and they are very often a guiding force in our lives.
Teaching is a challenging job, but one that brings much meaning to students’ lives, and the reward it brings to the teachers themselves is immeasurable. Each October, Dallas ISD takes time to recognize and celebrate each of the campus teachers of the year.
District 7 has 31 schools, all of which are uniquely equipped with teachers who make a true difference in the classroom every day. I’m proud to recognize those selected in our district. They are:
Maria Chan, Arcadia Park ESAudrey Gagel, Reagan ES
Francisco Reyna, Bethune ESAmy Tawil, Rosemont ES
Lorena Karam, Botello ESTreva Keller, Salazar ES
Mayra Montanez, Bowie ESCristina Sanchez, Soto ES
Gonzalo Guillermo, Cochran ES Jessica Garcia, Stevens Park ES
Javier Santiago, Cowart ES Sandra Guerrero, Winnetka ES
Pamela Plummer, Donald ES Maria Martinez, Rosemont Prep
Yesenia Cruz, Hall ESSonia Francis, Hector Garcia MS
Denise Navarro, Henderson ES Morgan Ream, Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy
Luz Castillo, Hogg ES Marcelo Migoni, Quintanilla MS
Regina Mitchell, Hooe ESMercy Sabandal, Stockard MS
Shannon Kline, Jones ES Michelle Celis, Adamson HS
Genissis Cepeda, Kahn ES Graciela Fuentes, Garza ECHS
Sara Navarro, Lanier Vanguard Jerri Davis, Molina HS
Rene Vela Guzman, Peabody ES Ly G. Tran, Sunset HS
Blaine Knous, Peeler ES
Please join me in saying thank you to each of these dedicated individuals and all of our teachers for the work they do preparing our students to lead productive, successful lives.
The districtwide Teacher of the Year will be selected from among this group and recognized in January.
Tax Ratification Election
On November 6, voters will have the opportunity to accept or reject a proposed tax rate increase and other measures that determine how DISD expenditures get funded. School funding is complex and the language on the ballot can be confusing. Come get the facts you need to make a good decision at an Information Meeting on Tuesday, October 23 at 7pm at Kessler Park United Methodist Church, 1215 Turner Avenue.
Long Range Facilities Master Plan
DISD administrators have proposed a number of school closures, replacements and consolidations. I have scheduled community meetings at each school that may be affected. Upcoming meetings are
- Monday, October 15 at 6 p.m. L.K. Hall Elementary
- Thursday, October 17 at 6 p.m. Peeler Elementary
- Wednesday, October 24 at 6 p.m. Rosemont Primary School, Chris V. Semos Campus
- Thursday, October 25 at 6 p.m. Hogg Elementary
- Tuesday, October 30 at 6 p.m. Anson Jones Elementary
Discover Dallas ISD
Find the right school for your child at the Discover Dallas ISD specialty school fair, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, November 3, at the Fashion Industry Gallery, 1807 Ross Avenue, 75201. For more information, visit www.dallasisd.org/discover.