Damien Dimas

Phone: 972-502-7300

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Degrees and Certifications:

BA - Interdisciplinary Studies Music Minor

Damien Dimas

   I'm the Modern Band instructor at Thomas Jefferson High School. I attended Northeastern Illinois University and gradutated with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a  Minor in Music. I have a wide collection of name tags and hair nets. I'm most proud of my work at Thomas Jefferson. I was a private teacher, part-time assistant band director at Lowell Elementary in Chicago. Between teaching gigs, I've worked as a repair tech, sales guy and manager at Guitar Center both here in Dallas and in Chicago. When I wasn't working in music related fields, I usually paid the bills as a funding analyst for various lenders such as Capital One and Santander Consumer. My biggest personal career highlight came playing for President Clinton in 1996, or for the Olympic Torch as it passed down the east coast from Washington, D.C. to Richmond, VA and playing at the Music Educator's National Conference in Baltimore, MD. I have an amazing music class. I spend a little time presenting and then playing guitar or piano with the students, learning music concepts while we learn songs to perform.

 Jeri Dockery

Phone: 972-502-7300

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Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors in Fine Arts

Jeri Dockery

  I teach Art here at TJHS. I graduated from Texas State University with a  Bachelors in Fine Arts. My teaching experience spans the last 14 years all around the United States and overseas. As a military spouse, Jeri has had the opportunity to teach K-12 in Lakenheath, England, San Antonio, TX, Bentonville, AR, Plano, TX and of course Dallas, TX. In addition, experience as a docent for Crystal Bridges Museum of Art in Bentonville, AR and Montgomery Museum of Modern Art have heightened my engagement with Art exploration. Students have won various awards including, TAEA Youth Art Month Regional Competition, TAEA Youth Art Month State Competition Contest, VASE Regional Competition, VASE State Level Competition, VASE Gold Seal Awards. I believe classrooms need to be learner focused. Students need to have the opportunity to be problem solvers. Using visual thinking strategies to make students aware of their environment and experiences in life add to their educational growth.

 
 
 Laura Hanel

Phone: 972-502-7300

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Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors in Visual Arts Studies, Masters in Art Education

Laura Hanel

   I teach Art here at TJ. I graduated from the University of North Texas 2008, Boston University in 2016 with a Bachelors in Visual Arts Studies and Masters in Art Education. Before my Journey at Thomas Jefferson, I spent my days doing artwork around the different cities I lived in. I also tapped into a photography business where I met many inspirational people. I believe in melting life and art together. Gaining a true understanding of what is real and beautiful in the world is vital. It helps me teach my students how to interpret what's going on around them and gives me the tools to help them use their art to express what's always been a part of them. Art has the ability to inspire change and open up doors and every student that walks in my classroom should leave my room understanding the true capacity of their abilities.

 Lucas Roeschley

Phone: 972-50-7300

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Degrees and Certifications:

BA in Theatre

Lucas Roeschley

   I teach Theatre here at TJHS. I graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2004 with a BA in Theatre. Prior to coming to TJ, I worked for Rock Spring High School, Rock Springs, WY; Frisco High School, Frisco, TX. My class is very active. We do a lot of games and exercises that get us on our feet, learning various skills, building trust, and having fun. We also spend time reading and writing, getting to know ourselves and the characters that we will play.

 Bob Romano

Phone: 972-502-7300

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Degrees and Certifications:

BA - Music Education

Bob Romano

   I attended the University of North Texas in 2003 and have a BA in Music Education. I have taught all across the Nation; from elementary to high school. We have a very disciplined classroom. The students and their leaders work very hard and strive for excellence at every level.