Teacher Creates Meaningful Moments for Senior Walk

The Senior Walk has become a tradition at Duncanville ISD, and this year more than 400 students journeyed back to their elementary schools to let the younger kids see what it looks like to become a high school graduate.

The event is something Hastings Elementary music teacher Robin O’Bier looks forward to each year.

“It’s just nice for them to remember our time together,” O’Bier said.

Each year, O’Bier invites the students into the cafeteria so they can watch a ‘greatest hits’ video she edits from their elementary choir performances.

“I didn’t think I’d see these videos again. I completely forgot them,” said Michael Hinojosa. “This brings back a lot of great memories.”

The videos and class pictures Mrs. O’Bier posted touched a soft spot for many of the soon-to-be graduates.

“I’m thinking of how young and how carefree we were. No problems at all. It feels good to think about that,” Michael said.

For Danny Lyons, the Hastings choir was the jumping off point for his future. He plans to study music production in college.

“This is basically where it all started, where I started to sing, and I’ve come so far from where I was in elementary school. It’s very overwhelming,” Danny said.

These moments, the hugs, high fives and tears, are the reason Mrs. O’Bier makes the extra effort.

“None of the kids come back and say, ‘Oh, I remember the worksheets we did.’ We’re looking at experience and relationships. That’s what they take away,” Mrs. O’Bier said.

“I do it because they really make an impact on me, and you teach them for five years and you hope that what you do makes a difference.”