Marc Smith welcomed teachers and staff to the new school year at convocation
where the theme was the district vision statement: "Writing Success
Stories One Student at a Time."
message: Duncanville ISD puts students first. It is the responsibility of
everyone in the district to support those teachers and students.
are in this together," Dr. Smith said. "No one person can do it
alone. It takes a team."
speaker, Robert Jackson, told his personal story of perseverance despite
difficult odds growing up in a rough neighborhood with parents who did not
invest in his education. He attributed his success to a teacher who went beyond
her role as an educator to motivate him. With her influence, he earned his
diploma, college degree and returned to his old high school to teach. Mr.
Jackson earned the honor of being named Teacher of the Year four times. Using
his experience as an example, Jackson encouraged Duncanville ISD teachers and
staff not to give up on even the most difficult students.
Duncanville Education Foundation awarded more than 30-thousand dollars in
education grants, and Duncanville High School math teacher Lily Webber won a
YETI cooler valued at 250-dollars.