Education


Thinking Futuristically

MIDLOTHIAN, TX — Midlothian would be a different community today if not for the industriousness, creativity and hard work given to it by a certain group of students called the Problem Solvers. Manna House, the Senior Citizens Activity Center and the town’s storm sirens, which warn the community of approaching danger, have all had […]


Golden Dreams

MANSFIELD, TX — You wouldn’t know it just by looking at him, but A.J. Bailey is one of the fastest people you will ever meet. He is a freshman sprinter at Texas A&M, who is on the brink of competing at the highest levels of track and field, and he relentlessly trains to get even […]


Milestones and Memories

ENNIS, TX —  Although Cassie Ortiz is busier than ever this year as the director of the Ennis Lionettes, she is having the time of her life. “The Lionettes are celebrating their 25th anniversary,” Cassie explained, with excitement evident in her voice. “I’ve been out of high school for 10 years, and this year’s […]


Peace through Business

CEDAR HILL, TX — Our own Cedar Hill is making an international impact. Local businesswomen and Northwood University have partnered with Dr. Terry Neese of The Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW) and businesswomen nationwide to “pay it forward” by mentoring women from Rwanda and Afghanistan, as a means of improving their lives […]


Hitting Her Mark

RED OAK, TX — It had been a long time since there was a musical production at Red Oak High School (ROHS), and Choir Director Mechelle Foster set out to change that. Mechelle, along with several other teachers, administrators and community members, successfully staged a production of the hit musical Grease this year, bringing […]


Positively Speaking

BURLESON, TX — A little encouragement goes a long way. Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) moms at Hughes Middle School and The Academy at Nola Dunn are helping their children, thanks to coaching they received from Dr. Wes Center, “the brain doctor.” A professor, licensed professional counselor and consultant, Wes talked to moms at several PTO […]


Replenishing Hopes and Dreams

DESOTO, TX — Making a difference by pushing issues that can improve the community is Lee Merryman’s job and daily goal. “I am always looking for grants that serve the community,” Lee said. “This is something needed for the community.” Lee moved to the DeSoto Independent School District (ISD) to manage a grant. Two […]


Coincidences and Contentment

ENNIS, TX — Her mother said it best, “I took my daughter to the first grade at Austin Elementary School, and she’s still there!” Indeed, Ennis teacher, Donna Monreal, attended the elementary school as a little girl and now has been teaching at that same school for 30 years. It even gets better. Donna […]


Twenty-five Years of Language

MIDLOTHIAN, TX — Cherie Wagoner, principal of J.A. Vitovsky Elementary School, created something special for her school. It houses the only bilingual program in Midlothian. This is a natural fit because Cherie originated the program eight years ago as principal of Baxter Elementary School. “The program moved with me over here six years ago,” she […]