Each month, Duncanville ISD honors a student, staff member and teacher who go above and beyond. They are chosen from nominations submitted by coworkers, classmates or community members. These individuals reflect the excellence and pride of our district and they are Made with Pride in Duncanville.
Daniela Pedraja is a senior at the Duncanville High School Collegiate Academy. Daniela was nominated by Duncanville High School teacher Dedric Williams, who says she is an amazing student and strives to give her best in all that she does. Daniela serves as a senior class officer and is a member of student council, Youth & Government, and choir. Daniela is always looking out for the needs of others and is respectful towards others.
Ruben Solis is a custodian for the Summit Education Center. Mr. Solis is known around campus as a positive and encouraging person. Mr. Solis is always willing to help others and find solutions to any task. Mr. Solis always greets everyone with a genuine smile.
Melissa Wilks is a special education teacher at Bilhartz Elementary School. Ms. Wilks was nominated by parent Raquel Gomez because of the improvement she saw in her son thanks to Ms. Wilks' dedication. Ms. Wilks is patient and kind and goes the extra mile to help students who are struggling in the classroom. Ms. Gomez recalls when Ms. Wilks purchased special pencils to accommodate her son's learning and help improve his writing skills. Ms. Gomez said it's the little things Ms. Wilks notices in her students that make a huge difference in their growth.