Shundanae Pierce, a master teacher at Elisha M. Pease Elementary School first began her journey with the district as a student at Nancy J. Cochran Elementary School. When she was in college, she knew she wanted to complete her student teaching with Dallas ISD, where she has been teaching for the last 17 years.
What drew you to education?
My elementary years played a pivotal role in this decision. I enjoyed going to school and had great relationships with my teachers. I’ve loved kids since my days of working in a daycare during my summers in high school. I was always good with them and knew I wanted to make the same impact as my teachers did with me.
How are you creating opportunities for students?
By providing a nurturing environment that fosters growth and success, opportunities for hands-on learning and differentiated instruction, encouraging collaboration amongst peers and the ability to take risks.
What is your best teaching tip?
Strong classroom management will take you far. Develop those relationships early. Remember to be patient and give grace.
What would your students be surprised to learn about you?
I am just as silly and light-hearted as they are. I am a big kid at heart and enjoy some of the same activities they do such as watching movies, swimming and theme parks.
What inspires you the most about being an educator?
The opportunity to make a positive impact, to watch the growth and development of the child as a whole, not just academically, but also socially and emotionally, to ignite the love for learning and reading, and to see the joy in a child when they realize they have been successful.