Ariss Rider, Principal
Mrs. Rider enjoys leading the Dallas Environmental Science Academy (DESA), which is the best place to be in Dallas ISD. With over 23 years in education and an accelerated path through high school and college, she is no stranger to hard work and academic excellence. At age 16, she began her collegiate studies at the Texas Academy of Math and Science because she always had a love for both disciplines. So joining DESA was like a dream come true because she sees her reflection in so many of the talented students and staff. It's a family community where her beliefs are mirrored, “On time, on task and on a mission to provide and achieve academic excellence for all …with no excuses.”
She diligently labors daily to continue the legacy of high academic standards at DESA through equity and excellence for all. Within this collaborative school environment, supporting successful teachers and talented students are the forefront of her mission. Mrs. Rider intentionally fosters partnerships with stakeholders and welcomes new opportunities to engage parents and the community, as they are essential to the success at DESA.