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As a Dallas ISD trustee, I have been overwhelmed with gratitude watching the community step up to support our school communities impacted by the Oct. 20 tornadoes.

From local sports team owners donating millions of dollars to community members buying supplies for impacted teachers and families, it’s been inspiring to see how Dallas can step up in a time of crisis. I am also proud of Dallas ISD leadership, staff and operations employees for seamlessly relocating nearly 3,000 students in 36 hours.

After Edward H. Cary Middle School was significantly damaged by the tornado and needed to indefinitely close, Benjamin Franklin International Exploratory Academy welcomed students from the school with open arms. Dallas ISD Chief of School Leadership Stephanie Elizalde told us that on their first day in class together, students from Cary and Franklin were good-naturedly discussing how they could combine their different school mascots into one. 

I am immensely thankful to our Dallas ISD community and outside partners who have united together to make the best of a challenging time.

District 2 educator earns national recognition

In other news, J.L. Long Middle School dual language teacher Susan Moreno was surprised this month with the Milken Educator Award, which is known as the “Oscars of Teaching.”

Milken Educators are selected in early to mid-career for what they have achieved and for the promise of what they will accomplish. In addition to a $25,000 prize and public recognition, the honor includes membership in the National Milken Educator Network, a group of more than 2,700 top teachers, principals, and specialists dedicated to strengthening education

I was proud to be at the ceremony that also included Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath, Superintendent Michael Hinojosa, and fellow trustees Dan Micciche and Miguel Solis.

After winning the award, Moreno thanked her fellow teachers and school administrators who have supported her every step along the way.

Application window

The application period for choice schools is open through Jan. 31. I encourage you, parents, to learn more about the specialty schools offered in Dallas ISD by visiting www.dallasisd.org/yourchoices and choose the best school that fits the needs and interests of your child.

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