Author: Tina Pania

Syra Castillo, estudiante de Rosie Sorrells School of Education & Social Services at Townview, va camino a la Universidad de Notre Dame con una beca completa y un plan para el futuro. “Quiero ocupar el lugar de David Muir [presentador de noticias de televisión] cuando sea mayor. Ese es mi objetivo final”, dice Syra, quien es la presidenta de su generación y vicepresidenta del anuario. “Crecí viéndole, admirando cómo puede hablar de las cosas que ocurren en el mundo y como entrevista a personajes importantes. Es uno de mis modelos a seguir. Mi máxima aspiración en la vida es llegar…

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Syra Castillo, a recently graduated senior at Rosie Sorrells School of Education & Social Services at Townview, is on her way to the University of Notre Dame with a full-ride scholarship and a clear plan for the future.  “I want to take [television news anchor] David Muir’s job when I get older. That’s my ultimate career goal,” says Syra, who is senior class president and vice president of her yearbook staff. “I grew up watching him, admiring how he can speak about things that are happening in the world and is able to interview influential people. He is one of…

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When Principal Reymundo Cervantes arrived at Henry B. Gonzalez Personalized Learning Academy in 2017, parent engagement was not at its highest, to say the least. Five years later, as he leaves to take on the leadership of Pleasant Grove TAG, family involvement has more than tripled, and the elementary school in Southeast Dallas has become the district’s Whole School Model for Family Engagement. “I believe it is because of the work and commitment of our teachers to ensure that students will achieve, knowing that parent involvement is key,” Dr. Cervantes says.  “The staff is going the extra mile to involve…

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Lily Maminabulewa nació en Fiyi y tenía cinco años cuando se mudó con su familia al norte de California. Aunque recuerda muy poco de aquella época, si se acuerda de la despedida de su abuela, quien se encontraba muy conmovida por razones que la pequeña Lily aún no entendía. Maminabulewa es la mayor de cinco hermanos y fue la primera de su familia en graduarse de la universidad. Resalta que no encaja en el molde que a menudo se asigna a los asiático-americanos y a los de las islas del Pacífico. “La gente da por hecho que, si eres asiática,…

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Born in Fiji, Lily Maminabulewa was five years old when she moved with her family to Northern California. Leaving at such a young age, she remembers little about that time except saying goodbye to her grandmother, who was “very emotional” for reasons young Lily did not yet understand. The eldest of five children, Maminabulewa was the first in her family to graduate from college. She is quick to note that she does not fit the mold often assigned to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. “People just assume, ‘Oh, you’re Asian, you’ll be a lawyer or a doctor or an engineer!’…

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For more than ten years, Somyung Kim worked in the financial industry, excelling at her job and enjoying it. But all the while she knew that something was missing. Kim had grown up in Daegu, South Korea, as older sister to one brother in a large and close extended family. She attended college there, but as a self-described “fearless college student,” she decided after her sophomore year to “come to America to explore.”  An economics major, Kim secured an internship in Florida with a leading hotel chain.  Later, she studied in Georgia on an exchange program before graduating from her…

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Durante más de diez años, Somyung Kim trabajó en el sector financiero, algo que disfrutaba y en el que sobresalía. Pero siempre sintió que le faltaba algo. Kim había crecido en Daegu (Corea del Sur), como la hermana mayor de una familia extendida y unida. Fue a la universidad allí, pero como se describe a sí misma como una “estudiante universitaria audaz”, decidió después de su segundo año “venir a Estados Unidos a explorar”. Como estudiante de economía, Kim consiguió unas pasantías en Florida con una importante cadena de hoteles. Después, estudió en Georgia gracias a un programa de intercambio…

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Dallas ISD is proud to be home to outstanding neighborhood schools like Tatum Elementary. Discover more about our neighborhood campuses at the Discover Neighborhood Schools events on April 9 and April 23. Learn more here. The students sit together, eyes glued to their teacher, watching and listening closely as she explains today’s objective: They are learning the sounds of letters. Their eyes follow her movements as the demonstrates how they will succeed. They listen intently, then repeat after her. Now, she has them turn to a partner and explain, with charade-like movement, what they will learn and how. They move…

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Dallas ISD is proud to be home to outstanding neighborhood schools like Adelle Turner Elementary. Discover more about our neighborhood campuses at the Discover Neighborhood Schools events on April 9 and April 23. Learn more here. All her life, Natalie Crittendon wanted to be a teacher. And growing up, she had role models in her own family. “I come from a line of educators,” she says. “My grandmother had a daycare and my great uncle, Dr. Frederick Todd, was a former assistant superintendent in Dallas ISD.” That line of educators continues today: Crittendon is now the principal at Adelle Turner…

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Quick! Let me hear the speech you’d give if you’d just won an Oscar, or what you’d say if you met the president. Tell me the winning words a coach would use to rally his losing team. Answer a few questions to land the job of your dreams, or give me your best pitch for a children’s vitamin commercial. These are some of the pop challenges faced by fourth and fifth graders at  Truett Elementary School, who competed in the school’s Amazing Shake Competition on Feb. 19. “The contest places an emphasis on teaching students manners, discipline, respect and professional…

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