Dealey Montessori

June 30, 2022

The mission of George Bannerman Dealey is to provide an exemplary education that develops and empowers all students to become productive citizens in our global society.

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Dear Dealey Parents,

I am so humbled by the amount of support I've received since returning to Dealey in my new role. It's been a little over a month since I started and it's been a very productive and busy summer. The first task on my agenda was to fill seven positions. With the help of some Dealey teachers and staff, we were successful in hiring highly qualified candidates who will be an asset to our staff. I've attached introductions to some of these new staff members below. More introductions and bios will come out later this summer.

Thank you for your feedback on the recent parent survey. It was helpful to see your thoughts and I appreciate your willingness to share your wonderful insights. The survey responses will be shared with the teaching staff and we will be looking closely at your responses as we set goals for the upcoming school year. If you didn't have a chance to complete the survey, please use this link to submit your feedback before August 1st. Everyone is invited to fill it out!

After thoughtful discussions with our wonderful 4-6 teachers, I've made the decision to discontinue the pod model for the upcoming school year. I will be working with the staff to incorporate some of the social and academic advantages that we have experienced from the pod model into all of our upper elementary classrooms. One of the common threads in the feedback that I have received is the need for more social interaction between our sixth-grade students and a smoother transition into middle school academics. Here are some of the ways we are addressing this:

  • All 6th graders will attend Honors Science 6 with Mr. Cherryholmes in the Middle School hallway.
  • Our 4-6 teachers will be collaborating with the Middle School math teachers in PLCs this coming school year to help develop a stronger vertical alignment for the honors math track.
  • All 4-6 students will now be attending electives with their age-group peers from other classrooms.
  • All 6th graders will take a middle school theater elective.
  • All 4-6 students will have recess together.

I will be out of the office enjoying time with my family for the next two weeks. I return to work on July 18th. If you have a student moving to a new classroom next year, be watching your mailbox for your new teacher assignments!

I look forward to meeting all of you in person at our Meet the Teacher night the evening of August 11th.


Cristina Ibarra (Principal)

Check your mailbox after July 11th- Postcards coming your way!

Mail Services closed early today. Postcards will go out once they open back up on July 11th.
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Dealey's Assistant Principal

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Mrs. Jennifer Schneider comes to George Bannerman Dealey Montessori and International Academy with a passion for Montessori. She has 16+ years of experience in public education. Mrs. Schneider began her career as an elementary school teacher in Nacogdoches, Texas. In 2012, she later joined Garland ISD as a fourth grade self-contained reading teacher. She then went on to teach 4th grade self contained and kindergarten. Mrs. Schneider obtained her Lower Elementary Montessori certification and taught at Herfurth Elementary for three years. She has served in various roles, including Gifted and Talented Campus Coordinator, Elementary Reading/ Math Interventionist, curriculum writer and Early Literacy Support Specialist. Mrs. Schneider earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2006. She holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership as well as a master’s degree in Education. Mrs. Schneider is currently a doctoral student. Her favorite part of teaching is experiencing the joy with her students when they learn something new. She is excited for her new role as an AP and is eager to meet all the students, staff, and families at Dealey!

Dealey's Music Teacher

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Ms. Vicky Suarez holds degrees in Music Education from The University of Texas at Arlington and Southern Methodist University. She has taught music in public elementary schools in Arlington, Richardson, Plano, and Dallas ISD. A frequent presenter at state and national music education conferences, Vicky is also on the faculty of the SongWorks Certification courses each summer at The University of Wisconsin at River Falls. She plays the flute in the New Texas Symphony Orchestra in Dallas and enjoys reading, running, cycling, and cooking with husband Rob.

"I'm thrilled to be a Dealey Dragon and can't wait to meet everyone and get started on our year together!"- Vicky Suarez

Upper Elementary Guide 4-6

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Mr. Trent Tomlinson is 27 years old. This will be his 6th year as a teacher and moved to Dallas from Angleton, TX. An interesting fact about Trent, is that he grew up on a ranch. He loves all things Disney, especially Star Wars, and has visited Disney World twice. His interests include playing in coed volleyball leagues and traveling to different places. In fact, one of his goals is to visit Japan. Trent has been busy all summer long in Montessori training. He is eager to meet his students and teach them all he has learned this summer.

Lower Elementary Guide 1-3

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Amanda Kane, was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. She originally started teaching in Madrid, Spain in 2009. Ms. Kane spent four years there, teaching English and learning Spanish, and then made her way to Texas to complete a fellowship and become a certified classroom teacher. Ms. Kane has been teaching and living in Texas for nine years now, and really loves teaching. On a personal note, she has a little puppy that she is obsessed with (Mika). She loves to travel, spend time with family and friends, read, yoga and go to the beach. This entire summer Ms. Kane has been busy with Montessori training. She is excited so start this upcoming school year, and can't wait to be a part of the Dealey team.

Lower Elementary Guide 1-3

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Mr. Jesus Serrato was born in Mexico. He has lived in Dallas the past 22 years. Mr. Serrato, is a proud father of two precious boys and his wife Alicia is the founder of Primos Dallas, a non-profit organization. Jesus has taught for 15 years. He is Montessori Certified and has taught Montessori for six years. He enjoys cycling, leatherwork, hiking, some yoga. He is excited to become a Dealey Dragon and share his love and experience of Montessori with his students.

School Counselor

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Crista Morales is a proud native of Memphis, Tennessee. Crista has primarily worked in education for nine years. In Tennessee, she has served as a substitute teacher, elementary classroom teacher, and school counselor. As a leader, she strives to build positive relationships with every student, family, staff member, and other stakeholders in the school community. Crista believes in social-emotional learning as a way to increase student achievement and life success. She is committed to advocating for all students and passionate about helping students reach their full potential. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in nature, traveling, reading, and creating memorable experiences with family and friends. Crista is excited to be a part of the Dealey community as the school counselor!
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A friendly reminder that our Summer Playdate Series continues on Saturday, July 23rd. We'll be at the PreK / K playground from 9am - 11am. It's a casual morning where the kiddos can run around and you can chat with other Dealey parents. If you can't make it, not to worry; the final Summer Playdate is August 13th; same time, same place.

Hope to see you this weekend!

Kate Thacker & Megan Cernoch

Dealey New Family Committee

2022-2023 School Supply Lists

School Supply Lists

Check out your teacher's school supply list here. Middle schoolers will get their final schedules at the August "Meet The Teacher" event, so you should wait on purchasing supplies for your electives until then.

2022 - 2023 School Calendar

The first day of school begins on August 15, 2022! DISD 2022-2023 Student Calendar Please use the link above to access the base calendar for our school.

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School Uniforms

Now is a great time to start shopping for school uniforms!

Tops: White or Royal Blue

Slacks/Shorts/Skirts/Jumpers: Black or Khaki

Logo on the uniform is not mandatory. You may buy uniforms with from the Dragon Wagon or without the logo from your local retailer.

Walmart Uniforms

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The one stop shop for all your before and after school needs! Champions is a program open to all students enrolled at Dealey Montessori. We want to ensure that every student has a safe place to explore, learn and interact with their surroundings and peers, while allowing time for you as a parent to make it to and from work! With age-appropriate curriculum, stimulating activities and flexible scheduling, this is the perfect option for your before and after school needs this upcoming school year!

Registration for the 2022-2023 School Year is already underway, so secure your spot today at

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