Dallas ISD Teacher of the Year Finalist Spotlight: Rachel Reese from Alex W. Spence Middle School and TAG Academy


Instructional Lead Teacher for English at Alex W. Spence Middle School and TAG Academy, Rachel Reese is proud to share with anyone who asks that she is a 26-year veteran of Dallas ISD who has devoted her entire career to working with middle school students. She currently teaches eighth-grade reading/language arts at Spence and serves as chair of the English Language Arts Department. Ms. Reese earned an Associate of Arts degree at Paris Junior College and a Bachelor of Arts in journalism at Texas Tech University. After launching her career as an elective teacher for the school newspaper and yearbook at Fred F. Florence Middle School, she discovered her true passion for improving students’ reading abilities. A leader in her field, Ms. Reese is a distinguished teacher, LPAC chairperson and campus TEI expert who has gained the reputation of a tireless advocate for improved reading language arts instruction across the district, with a special interest in serving the middle grades.

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