Younger gamers smash it out at Dallas ISD esports tournament

Congratulations to all of our Class of 2022 graduates! Each and every one of them has persevered through an unprecedented time and has conquered previously unimaginable obstacles, and we are immensely proud of them.

Young gamers are a smashing success

Teams from Conrad and Bryan Adams high schools showed up at the Spring Smash High School Esports Tournament with their game faces on, and they did not disappoint. Conrad students played Overwatch in the Obama Male Leadership Academy’s esports lab and lounge, while Bryan Adams students took on Rocket League—a soccer video game with rocket-powered cars—at Career Institute South.

Jose Delgado, the esports coach at Bryan Adams, said his students loved getting the opportunity to compete and seeing how Dallas ISD is supporting students’ dreams regarding the gaming industry.

“At the tournament, one of my top moments was watching my students have the chance to talk with Dylan Wray, the esports coordinator for the University of North Texas,” Delgado said. “My students got a chance to learn what they would need to do to aim for esports scholarships so that they could continue to play at the collegiate level.”

By the end of the tournament, Conrad took second place in Overwatch, while Bryan Adams teams took first and third place in Rocket League. Way to go, student gamers!

District 3 teachers redefine innovation 

Our very own Noemi Arnal Villalba was recognized as one of the 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year finalists. Not only does she teach third grade math and science at L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary, but her passion and dedication led her to become a proud Distinguished Teacher and teacher leader on her campus. Before she came to Hotchkiss, she taught at the Cesar Chavez Learning Center and at several schools in Barcelona, Spain.

Congratulations also to Sam Tasby’s seventh grade science teacher Tiffany Hester. She was honored by Dallas ISD, the Dallas Education Foundation and Texas Instruments with a Texas Instruments Foundation Innovations in STEM Teaching Award.

Our teachers bring so much wisdom and experience to their students, and I am proud to call them District 3 leaders and role models.

Students pay tribute to late coach and teacher

A group of students from Robert T. Hill Middle School recently competed in the VEX Robotics World Championships at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. They dedicated all their hard work to their beloved late coach and teacher, Eliana Tseng, who served as the school’s STEM coordinator for 13 years before she tragically passed away from a brain aneurysm after Christmas break.

Our thoughts are with Ms. Tseng’s family and friends as they grieve her loss. Thank you to the Robert T. Hill students who honored her legacy in such a powerful way.

Dallas ISD Trustee Dan Micciche, District 2