District Accolades--10/29/2015

October 29, 2015 Board Meeting


Four teachers honored as Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Dallas ISD Teachers of the Year: Tara Broadus, a prekindergarten teacher at Joseph J. Rhoads Learning Center for the past 11 years was named elementary Teacher of the Year. Michael Ruiz from William B. Travis Vanguard/Academy for the Academically Talented and Gifted was named elementary magnet/special schools Teacher of the Year. Rachel Harrah from Thomas Jefferson High School was awarded secondary Teacher of the Year, and Dana Clark at Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School received the Teacher of the Year for magnet/special programs secondary category.


Eight other finalists were recognized as well: Evelyn Gallegos, W.A. Blair Elementary; Monica Battison, T.G. Terry Elementary; Rafael Mercado, Urban Park Elementary; Elizabeth Pittman, H. Grady Spruce High School; Aparna Sankararaman (Sanka RARE ra man), Woodrow Wilson High School; Angela Adams, Sarah Zumwalt Middle School; William Adkins, Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy; and Nancy Shotts, W.E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy.


Congratulations to each of these outstanding teachers and thanks for the work you do for students every day.


Students advance in annual oratory competition

Students from 15 elementary schools have advanced to the semifinals for the annual Gardere MLK Oratory Competition. Semifinals will be held December 8 here in the Ada Williams Auditorium. The winners of this round will compete in the finals January 15 at the Majestic Theatre.


The semifinalists are: Kywin Brown, Wilmer-Hutchins Elementary; Jayden Jackson, L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary; Tashanti Ridley, Ronald E. McNair Elementary; Donna Guevara, John Neely Bryan Elementary; Guadalupe Zamora, Arcadia Park Elementary; Mason Price, Thomas L. Marsalis Elementary; Kevin Henderson, Thomas Tolbert Elementary; Angel Wade, Amelia Earhart Learning Center, Marco Mares, William Brown Miller Elementary; Ashley Patterson, Harry C. Withers Elementary; Sania Daniels, Frederick Douglass Elementary; Adrian Ojeda, Urban Park Elementary; Zakiya Bell, J.P. Starks Vanguard; Lyric Turner, Charles Rice Learning Center, and Mariah Hickman, Paul L. Dunbar Learning Center.


District distinguished alum gets day of celebration

November 6 has been proclaimed by the City of Dallas as Tim Brown Day across the city. To help honor our distinguished Woodrow Wilson alumnus for his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Dallas ISD will celebrate with several activities across the district including a community celebration that night at the Woodrow Wilson and Bryan Adams football game starting at 7 p.m., at John Kincaide Stadium. Everyone is invited to attend. Admission to the game is required.


Burnet Elementary to celebrate 60th anniversary

The students and staff at David G. Burnet Elementary will join the community to celebrate the school’s 60th anniversary, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, November 14. Congratulations to that entire community.