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Growing up in a single-parent household, I couldn’t go a day without my mom or grandmother talking with me about the importance of my education.

I took the message to heart, worked hard at school, and eventually graduated with a bachelor of science in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a masters in business administration from Northwestern University. But my love of education grew beyond my own studies and, as soon as I graduated college and got a full time job with Bain & Company in Boston, I began volunteering as a Saturday tutor for students.
My volunteer and leadership work in schools has expanded since then, leading me to help open several schools, volunteer as a literacy tutor for Dallas ISD students and, most recently, becoming your new trustee for District 2. My driving passion for supporting and helping improve schools is simple: I believe every child deserves a great education, regardless of their zip code.IMG_2983

To best serve the needs of District 2, I’ve been meeting with parents, students, teachers, and other community stakeholders to get their feedback on how we can improve Dallas ISD for all students. I invite anyone with feedback or input to sign up online for my frequent “office hours” I host in the community. These meetings are usually held at restaurants and coffee shops throughout the district and are a chance for you to provide valuable feedback on how we can help move Dallas ISD forward.

I’m not the only new face in District 2 as we start the new school year. Four of our District 2 schools have new principals who bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience. The new principals are:

  • Jason Myatt, the principal of Lakewood Elementary, most recently served for five years as the principal of Schimelpfenig Middle School in Plano ISD. He previously led Plano ISD’s Centennial Elementary for seven years. Myatt lives in the Lakewood neighborhood;
  • Steven Ewing, the principal of Woodrow Wilson High School, most recently served as principal of Armstrong Middle School in Plano ISD. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and public relations, and also served as assistant principal at Plano ISD’s Jasper and Plano East high schools.
  • Bernard Hart will be leading Lee Elementary. He has worked in various roles for Dallas ISD for 28 years. He served last year as interim principal of Lakewood Elementary, and had previously spent the majority of his career at Stonewall Jackson Elementary School, most recently as assistant principal.
  • Chris Bayer returns to Hillcrest High School after last working as principal of Reagan Middle School in Grand Prairie ISD. Bayer has spent 12 years working in various roles in education, including as an English teacher, football coach and baseball coach with Dallas ISD.

Those of us new to our roles have the privilege of joining the talented and resourceful group of teachers, staff, students, parents and community members who make up District 2. And please, if you have any feedback, get in touch.

Dustin Marshall

Dustin Marshall

Dustin Marshall is the District 2 representative on the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees. 

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