Author: Tina Pania

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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What job candidate wouldn’t want the chance to work alongside a mentor, getting hands-on practice while observing an experienced person in the role? That is the opportunity given Sunset High School Principal Resident Jacob Nunez and six of his colleagues, who are the first to participate in Dallas ISD’s one-year principal residency program. “The residency is an opportunity for in-the-moment professional development, to grow and learn,” says Nunez. He joined Dallas ISD as a world history teacher in 2005 and has been an assistant principal at Greiner Middle School, where he helped in achieving an Exemplary rating; Lassiter Early College,…

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¡Tenemos un ganador! Tristan Whitfield, estudiante de quinto grado en Paul L. Dunbar Learning Center, arrasó con el primer lugar en la 30a edición de la competencia anual de oratoria Martin Luther King, Jr. de Dallas ISD. Tristan y otros siete estudiantes de cuarto y quinto grado concursaron en la final de esta competencia patrocinada cada año en parte por el bufete de abogados Foley & Lardner LLP y el distrito escolar.Este año, Jaliaha Rodgers, quien cursa quinto grado en J. P. Starks Math, Science, and Technology Vanguard, se posicionó en segundo lugar, y Arianna García, estudiante de quinto grado…

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It’s all in the name for Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy, which Principal M. Scott Tatum describes as “an accelerated academic program for sixth- through eighth-grade students who are trying to figure out what they want to do in their next career – as a high school student.” “We’re providing them an opportunity to try several things before they go off to a magnet school or high school with a more dedicated focus,” he said. “Most of our kids go off to one of the magnet high schools, so we get them ready to go.” The magnet middle school…

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For 19 years, Tara Chapman taught English in Dallas ISD – at Hillcrest and Booker T. Washington high schools. But as the mother of children with disabilities, including an adult son with autism, she saw up close what a difference special education teachers can make in students’ lives. And she wanted to be a part of making that difference. Now, after getting certified in special education three years ago and enrolling in rehabilitation studies at the University of North Texas (with graduation set for 2022), Chapman this school year became the special education teacher and case manager at Booker T.…

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Next fall, Dallas ISD will launch iLearn Virtual School, a standalone virtual school offering anytime, self-paced instruction for students in grades 3 through 9, and ultimately grades K-12. The school will be led by Monica Morris, a 17-year veteran Dallas ISD educator, who began as a math teacher at W.W. Samuell High School before serving as both an assistant principal and associate principal at Woodrow Wilson High School and the Townview Magnet Center. Most recently, she has been a part of the School Leadership team as a Network Coordinator for the Magnet cluster, Transformation and Innovation cluster, and the Single…

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