Hope Cottage hired three new clinical employees, training specialist Christina Easton, program assistant Lisa Riggins and adoption counselor Amy Broussard. The neighborhood nonprofit is the oldest nonsectarian adoption agency in Dallas.
Dallas Children’s Theater raised $74,000 for its literary and educational programs at this year’s Rosewood Awards. Each year, DCT invests nearly $200,000 in literacy for children through its programs, such as Curtains Up On Literacy, Page to Stage in the Dallas Public Libraries and DCT’s purchase of vouchers for more than 10,000 free tickets to the Mayor’s Summer Reading Program.
John Long, Woodrow Wilson High School science teacher and swim coach, was among seven Dallas ISD instructors to win $10,000 from the 2011 Texas Instruments Foundation STEM Awards. The award is given to teachers who use innovative methods to teach science, technology, engineering and math. The winners keep $5,000 for themselves and spend the other $5,000 on professional development or education technology.
JL Long Middle School has been accepted for International Baccalaureate candidacy, which would allow teachers to access IB curriculum and provide the opportunity to reach out to IB teachers worldwide. If accepted, the school will pay about $8,400 a year to offer the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme.
John Godbey and Davis Clark of Lakehill Preparatory School won the TAPPS 2A State Boys Doubles Tennis Championship, and their Lakehill varsity team was named state runner-up. Godbey, who lives in Lakewood, is valedictorian and will attend Duke University.
Woodrow Wilson made the Washington Post 2011 Challenge Index list of top-performing schools, ranking at no. 588 among 1,900 high schools across the nation. The rating is based on Advanced Placement courses. Woodrow is at no. 64 among Texas schools.
Peak Preparatory ranks at no. 11 on the same Washington Post list during its first year of eligibility. All seniors enrolled at the school take AP courses, all of them graduate, and all of them attend college. Most of the students are from low-income families, and 97 percent qualify for free and reduced lunch.
John McCollum of Bryan Adams High School retired in May after more than 30 years with Dallas ISD. He received the district’s 2009-10 Teacher of the Year award.
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