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Summer Quarter
NEA-Dallas Board of Directors
President Delna Bryan
Vice President Sheila Walker
VP of Teacher Affairs Hope Lee
VP of DISD ESPs Carmen Behrend
Secretary Vivian Bryant
Treasurer Angela Davis

Here is a note from Staff:

GREETINGS DEAR NEA-DALLAS MEMBERS; We have an abundance of questions of whether to sign a document or not.
Sign everything, with the exception of a letter of resignation without talking to
The Midday Express Train is on the downwards slope with the finishing of a successful TSTA staff or the Help Center (Legal). If you have any doubts--simply write your
2018-2019 school year! T seems like a few weeks ago that we began this trip, and here signature and then add "for receipt only"--this phrase simply means that you
we are putting the finishing touches on what we did with glee at our different schools received the letter, but it does not mean that you agree or disagree with the
in Dallas ISD. content. It only means that you received it.
Get a copy of everything you sign. If you are unable to get a copy take a picture
These latter weeks, we celebrated Administrators’ Day, Teacher Appreciation Week,
on your phone.
and Nurse’s Appreciation Week with a lot of beautiful happenings at our diverse
schools. We would like to take the time to “thank” each administrator, teacher, and If you have any questions, please call the NEA-Dallas office at 214-821-2061.
educational professional support staff who had been on this journey with us. We say
“kudos” to our librarians, our bus drivers, as well as our cafeteria workers. We say “hats The 140th TSTA HoD was a Success! On to the Representative
off” to our custodians, monitors, and substitute teachers…truly to everyone who Assembly in July!!
Delna Bryan
taught, advocated for and touched a student’s life this year. We cannot help but be
thankful for each and everyone of you! On the weekend of April 26th – 28th, we celebrated our 140th HoD (House of
Delegates) Convention at the Embassy Suites in Frisco, TX. Over 300 teachers,
We reached our summit with STAAR, ACPs, and AP Exams for this year as a culmination
educational professionals and administrators were present to rally the call for
of all the efforts that we had put into inculcating what our students needed by
more funding for our Public Schools in Texas from our Legislators in Austin.
perfecting those strategies and differentiations that were sure would pay off in the
zenith of their education. We were also asking for raises for all employees in our school districts, no merit
pay for teachers, and increasing the teachers’ retirement benefits. These were just
There were Proms and Graduations that we all participated in as we observed our
some of the items on the agenda being discussed that weekend.
students reach the pinnacles of their accomplishments from Pre-K to high school. We
saw the confidence and the poise that we could recognize as having helped them with This well attended convention was presided over by our State President: Mr. Noel
along the way to this point. Candelaria, our State Vice-President: Ms. Ovidia Molina, and our Executive
Director: Mr. Richard Kouri.
It is now time to go home, to go back to school for some, or just relax for others for the
At NEA-Dallas, we received two School Bell Awards. Accolades were given to Eva-
few weeks that we have this summer. We will reenergize, refresh, reinvigorate
Marie Ayala and Corbett Smith, both for Outstanding Continuous Coverage at the
ourselves as we take in some breathtaking literatures or panoramas for the summer.
Dallas Morning News. The Honorable Dan Micciche received the TSTA Social
In closing, I say Thank You! once more to all for meeting the challenges with that smile Justice Patriot Award for his outstanding work over the years as a Trustee on the
on your faces, and the aplomb that our students were all going to be successful. Dallas ISD School Board.
“¡Felices Vacaciones de Verano! Passes un Bon Été!” Our members are encouraged to keep up with the weekly News Briefs sent to us
from Austin. Know what the House is saying as well as what the Senate is saying!
Have a wonderful Summer!
Please also know what is going on here with the proposed Dallas ISD budgets that
Delna Dr. Michael Hinojosa said he was to bring to the Trustees this May. I urge you to
attend and speak at some of these Board Meetings. Our voices count!!!
Central Staff employees will work a four-day work week and the District will close on Fridays NEA Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly is July 3rd – 7th at the George R.
during a portion of the summer. Central office hours during the summer will be 7am until 6pm, Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de Las Américas, Houston, TX 77010. Our
Monday through Thursday. Texas Delegation is at the Hilton Post Oak by the Galleria there. Should you have
• Monthly Employees – employees paid monthly will work the four-day work week from June time, please come down for even a day to see what it is like with 11,000 – 12,000
3 through August 2, 2019 and resume their regular work hours on August 5, 2019. educators from around the fifty (50) states all advocating for Strong Public Schools,
• Biweekly Employees – employees paid biweekly will work a four-day work week from June more financing from our states to fund our schools so that we can better educate
7 through August 8, 2019, NOT working on June 7th if they participate in the four-day. They
our students, just pick your topic and join us!
will resume their regular work schedule August 9, 2019.
• The District will be closed for Summer Break from July 1 – 5, 2019. Go to, or to start your perusing and reading for the
summer. Start your Activism today!!!
Unless otherwise approved by your Chief, employees are not allowed to work for pay while
the District is closed. July 4th is a holiday, and employees will report back to work on July 8th.
Mini Summer Workshops
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND supervisors may require employees to change their daily work schedule,
work overtime and/or work on Fridays for operational needs, instead of adhering to the summer NEA-Dallas will be hosting mini workshops this summer in the office.
schedule. It is the employee’s responsibility to consult the supervisor for the start, end, and lunch Please see the calendar on page 2 for dates.
times for their daily work schedule during the summer. Workshops will begin at 9 am and end at 3 pm.
Each workshop will be 45 minutes to 1 hour long with a break in between.
NEA-DALLAS WILL ALSO BE CLOSED ON FRIDAYS FROM JUNE 3 – AUGUST You are welcome to stay for one or all of them.
2, 2019 and JULY 1 - 5, 2019. Our summer office hours will be 8:30 am until 5:00 pm
For more information please call the office at 214-821-2000 or email
Monday through Thursday. TSTA will still be able to be reached 7am – 7pm at 1-877-
ASK-TSTA, Monday – Friday.
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6/13/19 DISD Board Briefing @ 11:30 am

6/4/19 Summer Workshops
6/6/19 Summer Workshops
6/11/19 Summer Workshops
6/13/19 DISD Large Scale Teacher Job Fair
Skyline High School
7777 Forney Road NEA-Dallas
Dallas, TX 75227 6500 Greenville Avenue, Suite 520
4 pm – 6 pm Dallas, Texas 75206
6/13/19 Summer Workshops
Monday – Friday
6/18/19 Summer Workshops 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
6/20/19 Summer Workshops Lunch Break 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
[Closed Saturday, Sunday & all DISD holidays]
6/27/19 DISD Board Meeting @ 6 pm TSTA Help Center 1-877-ASK-TSTA

Janna Connolly Raya Staley

TSTA Staff Office Manager
(469) 952-7288 – cell (214) 821-2061
7/1-5/19 Summer Break
DISD & NEA-Dallas will be CLOSED
TSTA Help Center 1-877-ASK-TSTA
7/3/19 NEA Representative Assembly Preconvention Events NEA-Dallas neadallas1
Houston, TX
TSTA Help Center
7/4-7/19 NEA Representative Assembly 1-877-ASK-TSTA
Houston, TX
7/16/19 Summer Workshops
NEAMB Signature Discount
7/17/19 Summer Workshops When you enroll in the AT&T Signature Discount program,
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Emmett J. Conrad High School agreement- you'll save on your monthly service charge for
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4 pm – 6 pm As an AT&T Signature Discount member, you’ll receive:
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• 20% off eligible wireless accessories
7/24/19 Summer Workshops

For more information and details go to the website listed below:

Union Member discounts available at

8/8-16/19 Staff Development/Teacher Prep Days

8/19/19 First Day of 2019-2020 School Year
TBD DISD Board Briefing @ 11:30 am
TBD DISD Board Meeting @ 6 pm
NEA Auto & Home Insurance Program
Brandon Watson – (512) 520-7248

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No man in an island. Without the support of people in my life I don’t know if I
would still be in education. Throughout this journey, the National Education
Living Beyond Dreams/Expectations Association has educated and supported me. The Association is always a
SUBMITTED BY: Angela T. Sanders, NEA-Dallas Member phone call, text, or email away answering any question I have. Delna Bryan has
Despite being born and raised in public housing to a divorced been instrumental in my continuation in this field. She has given sound advice
mother and the sixth child of nine. I’m living beyond my and physically held my hand during trying times.
dreams and expectations. I’m enjoying every minute of life as
a life-long learner and giving to others. With faith, support of Dallas ISD Upcoming Job Fairs
family, and the National Education Association, I enjoy every
minute of my career in education.
Dallas ISD is committed to setting a new standard for education not only in
I never thought I would have a career in education because as a child I was North Texas, but in the country. As part of our team, you will help shape the
referred to special education several times. My mom was always asking, “what future of teaching and learning for generations to come. The Talent Acquisition
do you want to be when you grow up?” My answer was always, a psychiatrist. team is proud to present you with diverse and specialized types of hiring events
where you will have the unique opportunity to meet a campus decision maker.
She never discouraged our dreams. She led by example by never giving up and
Join our community of educators and administrators who bring diverse skills
emphasizing the importance of education. After having nine children, she
and experience, thought leadership, and a passion for delivering effective and
earned her GED, became a nurse and a cosmetologist. She is my example of innovative instruction to our students. Register today to receive more
pure tenacity. My senior year in high school I was in a car accident that left me information and to participate in our events!
with both legs and my left arm broken. I had screws and rods in my legs for
two years. My family nursed me back to health. They never left my side and Date Time Type of Event Location
helped me learn to walk again. This accident altered my college plans. Instead Large Scale Teacher
June 13, 2019 4PM - 6PM Skyline High School
of going off to university, I attended a local college majoring in business Job Fair
management. Large Scale Teacher Emmett J. Conrad
July 18, 2019 4PM - 6PM
Job Fair High School
Two years later I got my heart’s desire to attend the University of Arkansas at
Pine Bluff. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Afterwards I For more information about the events or regarding any recruitment initiatives,
please email:
relocated to Dallas and briefly worked as a retail manager. I also attended the
Dallas Police Academy. After trying my hand at several careers, it was
Reception celebrates outgoing board members, new trustees sworn
suggested I try teaching. My first year was in Wilmer-Hutchins ISD where I had
wonderful mentors. I tried and was successful, but I didn’t think it was my in to serve
calling. I taught several grades in several districts. My educational experience
extended to several districts, charter schools, and college. However, my mind Multiple generations of Dallas ISD leadership,
was still interested in the mental health field. Prairie View A&M had a community members, teachers and principals
counseling program that catered to working adults. I relocated and taught in celebrated the accomplishments of outgoing Dallas ISD trustees Lew
Hempstead ISD, earned a Master of Arts in Counseling Education, returned to Blackburn and Audrey Pinkerton at a farewell reception.
Dallas. Blackburn for 18 years has represented District 5, which covers Oak Lawn,
When I felt it was time to give back, I moved back home. I moved to Arkansas West Dallas, Wilmer, Hutchins and portions of East Oak Cliff. Pinkerton for the
and taught in the Helena-West School district for two years. I relocated back to past three years represented District 7, which covers North Central Oak Cliff
and parts of West Dallas. Both trustees decided not to run for reelection.
Texas with a renewed spirit and finally accepted teaching is my calling. After
working as coach, principal, event coordinator, activities, a friend suggested Superintendent Michael Hinojosa thanked the trustees for their tireless service
attending Concordia University and I earned another master’s degree in supporting Dallas ISD schools and students.
Administration Education. The yearning to work in the mental health field “Dallas ISD is in its strongest financial shape and is now leading the way in
continued. I decided it was time to take the National Counseling Exam. I Texas in public education,” Hinojosa said. “That is something you should take
passed on the first try. I applied to become a Professional License Counseling great pride in.”
while waiting I volunteered at the Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Counseling Center.
An hour later at the regularly scheduled board meeting, trustees swore in
I thought, what’s next? I really enjoy testing students and helping teachers. I
Maxie Johnson to serve District 5 and Ben Mackey to serve District 7.
researched educational diagnostician which would allow me to utilize more of
my skills. I met with an advisor at Dallas Baptist and she offered me a After being sworn in, Mackey, who served as principal at the School for the
scholarship. Beside Early Childhood, Gifted and Talented, Counseling, and Talented and Gifted, thanked Pinkerton for her service and gave a shoutout to
Principal I added Diagnostic Education. Upon completing that I program, I his former students in attendance at the board meeting.
received an invitation to attend a training on Race, Equity, and Leadership at “It’s safe to say I’ve learned more from you all than you have learned from me,
Harvard University. I applied and was accepted. and I’m grateful for you sharing your time, energy and dedication with me,”
Mackey told his former students.
I believe learning goes beyond the classroom and life is too short for fear. After
going on a mission trip to Panama my interest to learn more about of other Johnson, who also serves as a pastor, thanked Blackburn for his many years of
cultures continued as I traveled the United States, Israel, Egypt, China, Europe, service and said he would continue his tradition of doing great things for kids.
Peru, Jamaica, Bahamas, and Mexico. I have sky-dived, zip-lined, ridden an “The community sent me down here to do a job. That job is to advocate for
electric bull, parasailed, and snow skied. I want to live life to the fullest. Life is safe learning environments, equitable resources, quality programs, true
nothing without sharing your life experiences and passing on your knowledge. transparency and accountability,” Johnson said. “I’m going to come here and
Life has afforded me wonderful opportunities but it’s nothing if I don’t pass on do exactly what you asked me to do.”
the love. I volunteer for several organizations when I have free time, Meals on A term on the Dallas ISD board of trustees lasts three years and is unpaid.
Wheels, Byron Nelson Golf Tournament, SPCA, and Oak Bible Fellowship
Counseling Center. There is joy in engaging with people with like mindsets of members-new-trustees-sworn-in-to-serve/
giving and asking nothing in return.

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