Author: Priscilla Rice

When Gustavo Zaragoza, a teacher at Career Institute East, was a student and a newcomer to the country, he never imagined going into the education field. Through his work as a teacher, he is now able to identify with his students and empower them, as teachers once did for him. Having grown up in Mexico, and not knowing the language when he first arrived in the district, he said he felt intimidated at times, and that it was in his ESL classes that he felt safe. He says he’s committed to create that type of environment for his students, where…

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Sandra Urton, a  teacher at Wilmer Hutchins Elementary School, first  came to work as a teacher when she heard of the district’s need for bilingual educators. Urton saw this as an opportunity to make a positive impact for youth in the community. Now in her 15th year teaching in the district, she had previously taught two years in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, at the Universidad Tecnológica de Cancún, as well as in a middle school and at a language school. Where are you from and how did you end up at Dallas ISD? I am from Mexico City.…

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Al caminar por los pasillos de Sylvia Mendez CREW Leadership Academy, se puede encontrar un colorido mural de mosaico hecho por los estudiantes con el mensaje de “Cuatro casas, un EQUIPO”, del cual se sienten muy orgullosos las clases de arte de la maestra Mary Vongvivitpatana. Inspirada por el sistema Ron Clark, Sylvia Mendez es una de las escuelas de Dallas ISD que tiene implementado el sistema de casas. Vongvivitpatana dice que el proyecto del mural de mosaico, que se realizó a lo largo de varias semanas, inspiró unidad y creó un sentido de comunidad entre los estudiantes. El mosaico,…

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Walking through the hallways at Sylvia Mendez CREW Leadership Academy, you will find a colorful student-made mural mosaic with the message of “Four Houses, one CREW,” which students in Mary Vongvivitpatana’s art classes take pride in. Inspired by the Ron Clark System, Sylvia Mendez is one of the Dallas ISD schools that has the house system in place. Vongvivitpatana says the mosaic mural project, which took several weeks, inspired unity and built a sense of community for the students. The mosaic, composed of tiny squares that were shrunk to about an inch, is what the students worked on to create…

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Al entrar al salón de banda de Rodney Dittmar en Seagoville High School se encontrará con unos estudiantes totalmente dedicados a descubrir y perfeccionar sus talentos musicales como compositores, letristas, ingenieros de sonido y músicos, desarrollando a la vez todo tipo de habilidades que los prepararán para encontrar su voz como artistas. Seagoville High School es la única escuela del distrito, y solo una de tres en el país, en recibir el subsidio Hometown to Hometown, el cual provee $45,000 en instrumentos y entrenamiento a través de la Save the Music Foundation. Dittmar, quien es el encargado del Departamento de…

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Walking into Rodney Dittmar’s Modern Band classroom at Seagoville High School, you will find his students fully engaged in their work—discovering and honing their musical talents as composers, songwriters, sound engineers, musicians—and developing all types of skills that will prepare them to find their voices as artists. In fact, they are the only school in the district, and only one of three in the nation to receive the Hometown to Hometown grant, which provided $45,000 worth of instruments and training through the Save the Music Foundation. Dittmar, who is the Fine Arts Department chair for the school, applied for the…

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The Beat has interviewed Master Teachers across the district to share their stories and introspections about their careers, including tips for teaching. Meet Master Teacher Bob Adams. Adams, a Master Teacher at Rufus C. Burleson Elementary School first came to Dallas ISD in 2007 after spending six years teaching at an international school in China. Originally from Marlin, Texas, a small town near Waco, Adams said his plan was always to teach at Dallas ISD. Out of the 28 years in education,17 of those have been at Dallas ISD, not counting the three years in the U.S. Peace Corps working with…

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Durante los últimos 19 años, Terry Stotts ha enseñado a sus estudiantes a hacer caballitos mecedores de madera, primero en el Multiple Careers Magnet Center y ahora en el Instituto de Profesiones del Sur, donde empezó a trabajar como maestro de construcción este año. Los estudiantes que elaboraron los caballitos para desarrollar sus habilidades los donarán al Ronald McDonald House, una organización que provee recursos a las familias con niños enfermos. Stotts afirma que este proceso de hacer caballitos de madera enseña a los estudiantes a retribuirle algo a su comunidad a la vez que adquieren nuevas habilidades. Los estudiantes…

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The Beat entrevistó a maestros expertos de todo el distrito con el fin de compartir sus historias e introspecciones sobre sus carreras, incluyendo consejos para la docencia. Le presentamos a la maestra experta Chantrelle Lovett-Andrews. Chantrelle Lovett-Andrews, maestra experta designada en Umphrey Lee Elementary School, nació y creció en Fort Worth. Hoy trabaja en Dallas ISD luego de haber asistido a una feria de trabajo en julio de 2002, donde fue contratada enseguida por la directora Rachel George en Julia C. Frazier Elementary School. Hoy, en su 22.º año en Dallas ISD y con un total de 27 años en…

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En los más de 20 años en que Yatta Johnson, profesional de salud mental, ha trabajado como psicóloga escolar, ha desempeñado varios cargos, pero tal vez ninguno ha sido más crucial como el que ahora tiene en Emmett J. Conrad High School. Todos los días forma vínculos con los estudiantes, los acompaña en momentos difíciles y los ayuda a entenderse mejor a sí mismos y a los demás. Johnson es una de varios psicólogos escolares en Dallas ISD, y de los miles que hay en el país, cuya labor es celebrada durante la Semana Nacional de Psicología Escolar hasta el…

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