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  • Honorees


     Paula Cartmell (Math teacher) Duncanville High School nominated by DHS Senior Sharif Long

    • Ms. Cartmell has seen it all as a member of the DHS family for more than 30 years.
    • Each day, you invest in students’ futures through discussion about plans after graduation, whether it’s college or career.
    • Long said, “For many of us, we are first-generation college students and she has been a huge influence in helping us decide on our plans, receive financial aid and obtain scholarships. Honestly, if it was not for Ms. Cartmell’s dedication to her students having a successful collegiate experience, many of my peers would probably not be attending a university in the fall.”
    • You are much more than a classroom teacher. That’s evident in the additional responsibilities you choose to take on, such as National Honor Society sponsor.
    • As the NHS sponsor, you encourage students to be involved in their community.


    Nelda Wadle (Special Education) Plaza – Central Administration nominated by Special Education Director Mackenzie Casall

    • Nelda has worked in Duncanville ISD Special Education department for many, many years.
    • She supports Special Education administration, as well as every diagnostician, LSSP, and SLP in the district.
    • Nelda is described as having a servant mentality and our assessment team knows they couldn't function without her.
    • On any given day you will find her auditing a huge stack of Special Education folders to ensure compliance, which ultimately contributes to the success of Special Education students in Duncanville ISD.
    • She takes time out of her schedule to meet with staff one-on-one to coach team members how to correctly complete required paperwork.
    • Her experience and insight is invaluable to the assessment team.
    • In addition to her main job, Nelda is always available to support the Special Education department in any way, big or little.
    • She always has a smile on her face and has a heart of gold.


    Madison Cooper (Senior) Duncanville High School nominated by DHS Senior Sharif Long.

    • Madison is on Student Council, where she has served as a class officer for three years and scrapbook committee chair for two years.
    • With her help, Student Council has continued to grow and transition from being so heavily dominated by upper classmen, but having a great representation in underclassmen as well.
    • She organized an after-school program in conjunction with Bilhartz in order to encourage healthy living through fun games, activities, dance and food.
    • Madison is in the top 2% of her graduating class, a talented artist and also competes in SkillsUSA with photography.
    • If you were at the District Art Show last week, you would have seen some of her impressive work.
    • Despite her busy schedule, she still sets aside time to give back to her school with her many talents.
    • Madison has the sort of skills that you’d like to see in a young adult, and reflects caring, leadership, and love to everyone she encounters.


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