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  • Honorees


     Paula Cartmell (Math teacher) Duncanville High School nominated by DHS Senior Sharif Long

    • Cartmell has seen it all as a member of the DHS family for more than 30 years.
    • Each day, you invest in students’ futures through discussion about plans after graduation whether it’s college or career.
    • Long said, “For many of us, we are first-generation college students and she has been a huge influence in helping us decide on our plans, receive financial aid and obtain scholarships. Honestly, if it was not for Ms. Cartmell’s dedication to her students having successful collegiate experience, many of my peers would probably not be attending a university in the fall.”
    • You are much more than a classroom teacher. That’s evident in the additional responsibilities you choose to take on, such as National Honor Society sponsor.
    • As the NHS sponsor you encourage students to be involved in their community.


    Nelda Wadle (Special Education) Plaza – Central Administration nominated by Special Education Director Mackenzie Casall

    • Nelda has worked in Duncanville ISD special education department for many, many years.
    • She supports special education administration, as well as every diagnostician, LSSP, and SLP in the district.
    • Nelda is described as having a servant mentality and our assessment team knows they couldn't function without her.
    • On any given day you will find her auditing a huge stack of special education folders to ensure compliance, which ultimately leads to providing student success of special education students in Duncanville ISD.
    • She takes time out of her schedule to meet with staff one-on-one to coach team members how to correctly complete required paperwork.
    • Her experience and insight is invaluable to the assessment team.
    • In addition to her main job, Nelda is always available to support the special education department in any way, big or little.
    • She always has a smile on her face and has a heart of gold


    Madison Cooper (Senior) Duncanville High School nominated by DHS Senior Sharif Long.

    • Madison is on student council where she has served as a class officer for here years and scrapbook committee chair for two years.
    • With her help, student council has continued to grow and transition from being so heavily dominated by upper classmen, but having a great representation in underclassmen as well
    • She organized an after-school program in conjunction with Bilhartz in order to encourage healthy living through fun games, activities, dance and food.
    • Madison is in the top 2% of her graduating class, a talented artist and also competes with skills USA for photography.
    • If you were at the District Art Show last week, you would have seen some of her impressive work.
    • Despite her busy schedule, she still sets aside time to give back to her school with her many talents.
    • Madison has the sort of skills that you’d like to see in a young adult - reflect caring, leadership, and love to everyone she encounters.