Hear from Anthony Benedetto about the creativity of students and teachers in Dallas Independent School District.
I love the students that Dallas ISD serves. A lot of them have a strong desire to better their situation, and they know that through education they can achieve that. DISD is trusting – they let teachers be creative in the classroom.
When I was in college, I was planning to become a physical therapist. However, after receiving a job in college tutoring fifth graders, I realized I came home happy every day after work. I quickly changed my major to Secondary Education.
After college, I joined Teach For America Dallas-Ft. Worth and was placed in Dallas ISD at H. Grady Spruce High School.
On top of teaching Biology, Anthony coaches football and enjoys the challenge of motivating and leading teenagers of Dallas ISD on a daily basis.
I feel the most pride when students succeed and I’m able to play a small role in that. There’s nothing better than seeing your student go to college and then come back to visit you. I didn’t want to be a teacher who bounced around to different schools; I wanted to invest in the community in Dallas ISD.
- Anthony Benedetto
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Dedication runs deep throughout the Dallas Independent School District with more than 20,000 employees working toward realizing the vision of becoming the best urban district in the United States.To truly impact the lives of students, District employees embrace their role and responsibility of being servant leaders. Trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, caring, citizenship, and fairness are key attributes that they look for in every employee. Dallas ISD is committed to setting a new standard for education not only in North Texas, but in the country.
Dallas ISD teachers shape the future of teaching and learning for generations to come. Teachers in Dallas ISD impact students in ways that go far beyond the classroom walls. For many students, having an adult who believes in them can be life-changing. In order for students to be engaged at all times in the classroom, Dallas ISD hires teachers who are willing to go beyond the lesson plan and make learning an interactive, dynamic experience.
Teachers can earn more in Dallas ISD. In most districts it would take an average of 20 years to reach an annual salary of $60,000. But in Dallas ISD, that same $60,000 annual salary is achievable in fewer than five years. A well-designed strategic compensation system clearly outlines what Dallas ISD values. As a teacher in Dallas ISD, your success is the district’s success. An abundance of professional development opportunities are in place to support Dallas ISD teachers and school leaders, including one-on-one coaching, learning in teams, and large group sessions. Research has shown that on-the-job professional development is the most effective in helping teachers grow as educators. To that end, the district continues to expand and improve campus-based coaching, teacher teams and teacher team leaders.
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