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Posted by on Dec 1, 2017 in Success Stories | 0 comments

Teacher Spotlight: Mr. McDuff at Dallas Can Carrollton-Farmers Branch

We are excited to kick off our 2017-2018 Roadmap to Success teacher spotlights at Dallas Can Carrollton-Farmers Branch! Mr. McDuff was nominated by his Impact Manager, Summerlin Northrup, to be spotlighted. “This is Mr. McDuff’s first year teaching Roadmap to Success at Carrollton Farmers Branch Texans Can, although he has been an educator for over 20 years. Mr. McDuff’s passion for helping his students succeed, even through difficult situations, is evident in the way that he prioritizes building relationships with them. His energy and excitement for teaching Roadmap to Success is motivating for his students, and he makes the content come alive for them by tailoring the material to make it relevant to their lives. It is impossible to be in Mr. McDuff’s room and not smile because of the difference he is clearly making in his students’ lives.” — Summerlin Northrup Read on for an interview with Mr. McDuff! Name: Dariet McDuff Grade Taught: 9th thru 12th Subject Taught: BCIS Alma Mater: Jaguar Area of Study: Education Leadership & Business...

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Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in Success Stories | 0 comments

Mayor’s Summer Intern fellow Angelica shares her experience at EOD

As a rising senior at Skyline High School, I knew the last two years of high school  would be the most important and possibly filled with the most responsibilities. Because I never had a job until now, I didn’t know what it would be like to work in an actual working environment. I had known about the Mayor’s Interns Fellows Program (MIFP) for a long time, but because I was not a Dallas ISD student, I wasn’t able to get the opportunity to participate in the program until I transferred into Skyline High School as a junior. Coming in as a junior with excellent grades, I was given some amazing opportunities. Participating in MIFP is one of those great opportunities. I was extremely excited to start the journey of working for a Dallas organization and see what new experience I might gain. The process of getting into the program was long and I had to be extremely patient. The application process consisted of essays, multiple choice questions and survey...

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Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Success Stories | 0 comments

Summer Intern Victor reflects on his experience at EOD

During high school, I went through many different experiences. As a freshman I was given the opportunity to assist with the Mayor’s Intern Program. So many things got in my way that I wasn’t able to apply to the program my junior year. After that year, Education Opens Doors (EOD) came around and, as ironic as it might sound, this internship actually opened a door for me. At my high school, Hillcrest High School, I am in a four year program called the Academy of Engineering. This program requires students to have at least one internship in order to be NAF Certified (NAF is an organization that provides different programs for students in high school in order to be future ready). NAF solves some of the biggest challenges facing education and the economy by bringing education, business and community leaders together to transform the high school experience. Many internships were offered to me, either with for-profit or nonprofit organizations. I decided to explore a nonprofit internship and Education Opens...

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Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Success Stories | 0 comments

May Teachers of the Month: Robert T. Hill Middle School

We are excited to highlight the teaching team at Robert T. Hill Middle School as the Team of the Month for May! Hill’s Impact Manager, Courtney Fadley, chose to highlight Hill. Courtney shared with the Hill team that she chose to highlight them because “as a team, you all rallied around our program from the very beginning. It is not often that we have schools start in January and complete as much of the program as you all have, especially with 6th graders! You all have taken the opportunity to encourage, engage, and empower the young minds of your students with information that is so crucial to their futures. I love being ears and eyes in your classrooms as you facilitate the program. The following quote from one of your 6th graders is such a great picture of what you all as social studies teachers bring to our program. ‘Success to me means that you can do something you actually like doing and maybe even being able to travel around the...

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Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Success Stories | 0 comments

April Mentor of the Month: JJ Ponce

This month Education Opens Doors is thrilled to highlight one of our unique partnerships. Not all Roadmap to Success teachers are traditional classroom teachers! Our April mentor of the month is JJ Ponce, a mentor with  Asociacion de Empresarios Mexicanos (AEM). AEM works to inspire and encourage young men and women to excel academically, professionally and, ultimately, in their communities. Mentors utilize the Roadmap to Success to encourage students to find and develop their passion, support students as they navigate through high school and transition into college, assist with college applications and funding and developing interpersonal skills. We’re excited to share more about their work and one of their fantastic mentors, JJ! Alma Mater: University of Texas at Arlington & Texas Wesleyan University School of Law Area of Study: Business & Law Favorite College Memory: Graduation, no question. This is not because I was done with school, I had already planned to go to law school thereafter. Graduation for me was the culmination of many years of hard work....

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Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Success Stories | 0 comments

March Teacher of the Month

Our March teacher of the month is Ms. Edwards, a 7th grade language arts teacher at Boude Storey Middle School. Ms. Edwards was nominated by her Impact Manager, Sandra Godina, for her dedication to the Roadmap to Success program and her students. Read on to learn more about her background, why she chose to teach and her favorite Roadmap to Success lesson! Alma Mater: Paul Quinn College, Bachelors and Prairie View A&M University, Masters Area of Study: Bachelors-Elementary Education, Masters-Education Administration Favorite College Memory: My favorite college memory has nothing to do with education. My college roommate and I rode the bus downtown to Dallas’s Deep Ellum for a night of fun. She, not being from Dallas, and I, not being from Texas, had no idea about bus schedules. When we were done having our college fun, we missed the last bus to return to the train that would take us to a bus that would eventually take us to the campus. Because no busses were running at the time,...

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