Former J.L. Long leader Petters is up for Principal of the Year in Dallas ISD

Danielle Petters

Dallas ISD will name its Principal of the Year this week, and a familiar name to those in East Dallas is on the short list of nominees.

Former J.L. Long principal and parent Danielle Petters is one of three finalists for the secondary Principal of the Year award. Petters has been a principal in Dallas ISD for 16 years, the last three at Spruce High School in Pleasant Grove.

“Creating a school where quality instruction is the norm and teachers see themselves as agents of change does not happen by chance,” Petters writes to Dallas ISD in her application for Principal of the Year. “It involves intentionally creating an aspirational and safe school culture, hiring the right people, supporting them, constantly asking for and acting on feedback, and intentionally developing leadership at all levels. Leading up to that moment when a teacher welcomes her first student, to her first class, on the first day of school, a sophisticated series of interlocking gears come together to supercharge and propel that instant forward and set the stage for high-achieving students, teachers, and schools.”

Check out the other nominees here.


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