Remembering our favorite teachers

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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. 

Other news:

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.

Dallas ISD Trustee Audrey Pinkerton, District 7
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