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     Dallas AC Program


    Shuntrice Rhodes is a proud product of Dallas Independent School District, graduating from Franklin D. Roosevelt High School. In 1999, Shuntrice returned to the district as a first-grade teacher at Ronald McNair Elementary School. During her 18 years at McNair, she also taught fourth and fifth grades. After 15 years as a classroom teacher, Shuntrice transitioned into the role of Campus Instructional Coach. She spent a total of 18 years at McNair Elementary School.

    During her tenure as a Campus Instructional Coach, Shuntrice was led to pursue an advanced degree in Educational Administration. Upon receiving that degree, Shuntrice pursued a professional growth opportunity to become an assistant principal in a neighboring school district. In 2019, Shuntrice eagerly returned to Dallas Independent School District to become a Teacher Quality Manager in the Dallas ISD Alternative Certification Program. In this new role, Shuntrice is excited about her role to positively impact potential future Dallas ISD educators who will lead our students to academic success.

    Ann-Marie Towell is a seasoned educator with a wide range of experience within the field of education. She originally joined Dallas ISD in 1995 as a science teacher at W. E. Griener and Benjamin Franklin Middle Schools after serving as a classroom teacher and mentor for the Diocese of Dallas. During her tenure, Ann-Marie continued to serve the district as an Instructional Coach with the district’s New Teacher Initiative division and later provided assistance to teachers and administrators with the Professional Development Department.

    Ms. Towell went on to serve in other Texas school districts preparing campus administrators in Leadership Development; identifying, recruiting, hiring, and training para-professionals, teachers, and campus administrators as well as collaborating with universities and their educator preparation programs to create professional development schools as part of her work in Human Resources; and supporting students and the community as a campus administrator focusing on instructional delivery and academic improvement.

    Ann-Marie Towell rejoined the Dallas Independent School District in December of 2018 with Alternative Certification Team, Ms. Towell has extensive experience supporting teachers new to the profession and shares her passion for growing and developing future instructional leaders who touch the lives of our students so they may realize their full potential. Ann-Marie has dedicated her professional career to creating opportunities for growth and development through programs which he has implemented and sustained to support the field of education. Additionally, Ann-Marie has been a presenter at the local, state, and national levels where she has engaged audiences on the topics of best practices which include learning and teaching strategies, recruiting and hiring of quality candidates, and mentoring programs.

    David Pailin Jr. joined Dallas ISD in 2015 as a Marketing and Branding Specialist for the Dallas ISD Alternative Certification Program, leveraging his years of corporate advertising experience at Omnicom Media Group and The Plutocrats Club LLC. He has also served as the Communications Coordinator for Dallas ISD Substitute Staffing, and a contributing member of the Dallas ISD Human Capital Management Culture Advocacy Team. His favorite quote is "you have to fall in love with the process of becoming great to achieve true greatness," and he uses this as his guide to intentional innovation of operational best practices. David is passionate about impacting young lives in the Dallas community, previously serving as a board member of the Oak Cliff YMCA, and presently as the Communications Director for the DFW Morehouse College Alumni Association.

    Paola Gomez joined Dallas ISD in January 2013 as an Assistant Principal at Edward Titche Elementary after 17 years as a self-contained Bilingual elementary teacher. She was also the manager for the Adult ESL Center in Garland ISD from 2010 to 2012 and the Adult Technology Center from 2012 to 21013. As one of the Field Facilitators in the Dallas ISD Alternative Certification Program, Paola has a vast instructional and administrative experience focus on assisting future teachers to grow professionally and give the best of them towards students' success.

    Kimberly Smith is a proud product of Dallas Independent School, graduating from the School of Education & Social Services at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center. She was welcomed back to the district as a Campus Instructional Coach at George Peabody Elementary in August of 2017. During her time at Peabody, she provided her Professional Learning Community professional development; innovative instructional strategy using data; integration of technology in the classroom; and hands-on Instructional Coaching through the Paul Bambrick-Santoyo Coaching philosophy. Mrs. Smith transitioned into the role as a Field Experience Facilitator in 2018. In this role, her mission is to equip teacher candidates with the appropriate tools to be the “Future Leaders of Dallas ISD”!

    Jeffrey Bowens is an accomplished educator for Dallas Independent School District, has 20+ years of experience. He consistently ensures improvement of internal school programs by focusing on instructional practices of teachers ensuring greater student success. He considers himself a “powerful listener” who can not only listen to what is said but more importantly to what is not being said. Possessing this skill allows Mr. Bowens to ask questions that elicit deep thinking and reflection leading to internal change of old practices and behaviors. Jeffrey Bowens is seen by his peers and leaders a go-to person to help think through critical situations.

    Jeffrey Bowens received his B.A. in Biology from the University of North Texas where his daughter, Kennedy Bowens, is majoring in Biology with a focus in nursing. UNT is where he developed his true passion for science. He carried that energy into the high school classroom. After graduation, he entered the Dallas ISD Alternative Certification Program and began his teaching career. Starting at Lincoln High School Communications Magnet, Mr. Bowens instructed Advanced Placement Biology, Pre-AP Biology, General Biology, and Environmental Systems. Mr. Bowens also became the Lead Science Teacher for the campus during his first year as an instructor. After three years he moved to Longfellow Academy where 8th grade Science, Computer Literacy, and Web Design became his subjects of focus. During his tenure, he founded a dance performance troop called “Longfellow Rhythm” to allow a creative outlet for high achieving academic students.

    Mr. Bowens’ has served as an Assistant Principal at a charter school in Irving. Closing out a rather intense year, he decided to leave education and peruse the corporate world. However, education kept calling him. After 5 years he found himself back in the classroom at L. G. Pinkston High School. Mr. Bowens, within the first semester, quickly established himself as a leader and someone to have a voice in the decision-making process. He served as the Science Department Chair, AP Coordinator, GT Chairperson, New Teacher Mentor, and AVID Coordinator over the eight years he spent at LGP. It was not long before Mr. Bowens left the classroom and moved into a role created for him where he would coach and lead all core subjects within each Professional Learning Community (PLC) meeting. His purpose was to foster a better understanding and use of student data to improve instructional planning. This became his forte and his driving reason to move on to Woodrow Wilson High School as the Science Campus-based Instructional Coach (CIC) where would gain more experience from a new perspective.

    During his most recent five-year tenure in the educational arena, Mr. Bowens has fed his insatiable interest in the art of coaching and leadership by earning his certification through a school endorsed by the International Coaching Federation (IFC) and his Master’s in Educational Leadership. His interest in working with people as a thinking partner to aid in their proactive decision making and moving forward in their lives is rooted in the fact that his mother, Jennifer Harker, has a natural coaching presence and demeanor herself! Mr. Bowens, also known as Coach J to some, has married his vast educational leadership experiences and his extensive coaching training by serving as an Instructional Coach for Dallas ISD and currently as the Lead Field Experience Facilitator for the Dallas ISD Alternative Certification Program. Every experience that has happened, every professional relationship built, and every degree or certification earned has all come together to allow Jeffrey Bowens to select, train and coach non-traditional educators to become teachers. This is his work, this is his passion!

    Isabel González joined Dallas ISD in 2003 as a teacher intern for the Dallas ISD Alternative Certification Program.  After successfully completing the program and obtaining her Bilingual Certification, she continued to teach in Dallas ISD. She served as grade level chair, LPAC chair, member of the campus instructional leadership team, and new teacher mentor.  After 15 years of teaching, she looks forward to supporting new teachers and helping them to be successful in their career at Dallas ISD.

    Cynthia Pinkston is a proud Dallas ISD Alternative Certification Program alumni who served as the teacher of record at Whitney M. Young and Onesimo Hernandez before transitioning into the role of Field Experience Facilitator in 2018. Mrs. Pinkston brings relevant campus experience as serving on or with the following: Home Visits Project, Campus Activity Coordinator, Girl Scouts Coordinator, Boy Scouts Coordinator, Dallas Arboretum Onsite Coordinator, Grade Level Chair, Team Lead, Box Tops For Education Coordinator, ClassDojo Mentor, Campus Leadership Team, Teaching Trust, LPAC Committee, PTO/PTA board and committee, Elementary Yearbook Publisher, TEI Campus Rep and UIL math rater.

    She holds a Texas content certification in EC-6 and ESL. Mrs. Pinkston has over 5 years of education experience and demonstrated success in an urban school setting by evidence of performance evaluations and other milestone markers. When asked, why are you in the teaching profession? She replied, “Watch The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews, available on YouTube.” Mrs. Pinkston believes her ability to proactively identify challenges and work to find solutions, outstanding interpersonal and teamwork skills, ability to adjust course as needed for her interns, internal desire to self-monitor her performances, ability to deliver fast, focused, friendly, and flexible customer service to internal and external stakeholders while under high pressure, adherence to strict deadlines and willingness to travel to perform as many campus-based support visits as needed serve her ""Butterfly Effect"" and Dallas ISD ACP Field Experience Facilitator role well!

    Mrs. Pinkston attended both Garland High and Lincoln High as her mother and father before her. Mrs. Pinkston ultimately received her high school diploma from Dallas' own, Lincoln High. She also has received a BS in Instructional Design and Technology and an MS in Educational Technology and Leadership, both from Texas A&M University, Commerce. In addition, Mrs. Pinkston has received a formal education, certificates and additional training from Brookhaven Community College, Trinity Valley Community College, Southern Methodist University, Region 10 and Region 4 to name a few. Mrs. Pinkston enjoys camping, researching family history and genealogy, swing dancing, and relaxing with her husband (and their 5 adult children) in her leisure time. Her favorite quote at the moment is, "Ask yourself if what you're doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow." - Author Unknown"

    Lucia Salazar joined Dallas Independent School District in February 2016 as a data Controller at Stockard Middle School. She was part of the Stockard family for seven years and transitioned to Central Staff in 2014 as an Administrative Assistant for the Dallas ISD Library Media Services Department. On February 2016, Ms. Salazar joined the Alternative Certification Program as a Coordinator. Ms. Salazar is a proud Dallas ISD Alumni and truly invested in the district. She's passionate about assisting future educators throughout the process of becoming a successful teacher. Ms. Salazar's goal is to help place the best highly qualified candidates in front of our Dallas ISD Students. 

    José A. López is a Dallas ISD Alternative Certification alumnus who joined the district in 2004. Prior to joining the district, he worked for the Mexican Consulate in Raleigh, NC as Head of the Matricula Department and Liaison for International Visas and he worked as an English as a Foreign Language Instructor for the Mexican Institute of Petroleum (IMP) and the Upper School for Colegio Motolinia in Poza Rica, Veracruz. He speaks Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Japanese. He was a teacher of record at Tom W. Field Elementary, the Alternative School DAEP-South Elementary, and Kiest Elementary.

    In 2012, he was admitted to the Principal Fellows 1st Cohort and became Assistant Principal at Martha T. Reilly Elementary until 2015. During his tenure at Reilly, he was the LPAC administrator, ARD administrator, and TEI feeder administrator.  After 2015, he went on to expand his professional experience into the field of Higher Education. He served as Faculty, Corporate Trainer, Operations Manager, Marketing Outreach and Recruitment Director for Ana G. Méndez University for 4 years. He is now back in the district ready to help find highly qualified teachers for our students.

    Doris Abney joined the Dallas Independent School District’s Alternative Certification Program in 1995 as an Administrative Assistant. AC holds dear to Doris’ heart and she believes strongly in exercising the Core 4 (Focused, Fast, Flexible and Friendly); she also believes that “Team Work makes the dream work” for any organization. She is a proud alumnus of Dunbar High School in Lubbock, TX and was a member of the Student Council, Girl’s Glee Club, and head cheerleader. She studied at Lubbock Christian College before leaving Texas and traveling to England for 7 years, later receiving her certificate in Records Management as an office manager for the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) for 5 years.

    Rosa Lopez joined Dallas ISD in 2018 as a Specialist for the Dallas ISD Alternative Certification Program,  after 13 years in the Psychiatric Healthcare Industry, where she was a Certified Translator & ER Registration Representative.  She also studied at Global School of Investigation where she received her Diploma and License as a Private Investigator.