Dealey Montessori

August 9, 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,

We are so excited to welcome our students and families to Meet the Teacher night this week! Our staff has been working tirelessly in preparing for your return. Our custodial team has been working over time in cleaning, waxing, painting, repairing, and preparing a beautiful space for you all. Our teachers have been in professional development, working with teams, creating lessons, and organizing classrooms. Our support staff is working behind the scenes to make sure bulletin boards, car tags, arrival, dismissal, and every in and out of our building is in top shape before Thursday.

Dealey's Meet and Greet is also your chance to experience walking into the classroom with your children, take pictures, and enjoy all the "first day of school" moments. On August 15th, all children will be greeted by our joyful staff through the carpool line or bus transportation. To foster independence, set strong routines, and protect all our students, families will not be able to escort children into the building on Monday.

Teachers Pk-3rd grade will give each student a lanyard with information to help us guide them to the correct class. We hope to see many of you on Thursday. Get ready for a fresh new start!

More Information can be found on our PTA E-Blast. Subscribe and follow.


Cristina Ibarra (Principal)

Preparing for our Dragons

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Morning Arrival

All students PK-8th grade will enter through the cafeteria doors. This will be the entry point for students arriving between 7:45am-8:30am

Any student arriving after 8:30am will be directed to enter through the main entrance near the office.

Student may enter the cafeteria and walk through the breakfast line between 7:45am -8:15am

Breakfast Kiosks will be available in the hallways starting 8:15am until 8:35am. Students may take their breakfast to the classroom.

2022-2023 Bell Schedule

This is Home

I am forever grateful to be back home with my Dealey family. A few of my former students (Dealey Lifers) have also returned to Dealey to pop in and say hi! This will always be their home! Once a Dragon always a Dragon!

PTA Welcome

Thank you, PTA for welcoming back our teachers this past Thursday with some breakfast tacos and fruit!!!! It was such a treat for all our staff!
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Volunteer Registration

We welcome you all to come to our campus and volunteer throughout the year. Make sure you register in DISD Voly system! We would love your support.

Dealey Denim Days

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Every Friday will be free Dealey Spirit Days with JEANS!!!!

Show off your school spirit by purchasing from our Dragon Wagon.

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College Career Readiness

Our wonderful new counselor Ms. Kirk was able to excuse the 8th grade students from taking CCR classes this year. Our cohort of 7th grade students will begin CCR classes this year. Our students will be on track to completing this course by the end of their middle school year.

Dallas ISD Teacher of the Year!

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New Executive Director

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Dr. Nancy Bernandino

Dr. Nancy Bernardino is the Executive Director for Single Gender, Transformation, and Montessori Schools in Dallas ISD. In 2016, she founded Solar Preparatory School for Girls and she served as the principal until 2020. As an executive director, Bernardino continues to support Solar Girls as well as the other five single gender schools, and most recently five Montessori campuses in Dallas ISD. Due to her experience with creating unique experiences for students, she also supports the first hybrid school in Texas that opened August 2021, Dallas Hybrid Preparatory, as well as Dallas ISD’s newest schools: iLearn Virtual School and Biomedical Preparatory at UT Southwestern, opening August 2022.

7th Grade Honors Math

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Lan Anh Nguyen

Ms. Nguyen was born in Austin, Texas. Her family moved to Dallas when she was 4 and she’s been here ever since! After going through school and growing up in Mesquite and Plano, she graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a degree in Psychology and Math/Science Humanities. This will be her 5th year of teaching in Dallas ISD and she’s excited to bring her love of math to the students of Dealey. In her spare time, Ms. Nguyen likes knitting sweaters, playing video games, going on walks with her husband, and taking care of her two cats.

Middle School Technology

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Jennifer Whidby

First and foremost, I identify as a proud mother of three humans, one black cat, and the most chill dogster. In May, my two daughters and I all celebrated graduation. As a family we earned one high school diploma, one bachelor's, and one master's degree. I've been a Computer, Religious Studies, a Lower Elementary Montessori teacher, an Upper Elementary Montessori Teacher Aide, a Junior High Special Education Science Inclusion Specialist, and now a Technology Teacher. It's not everyone's traditional teaching path, but that's what happens when you're a person with various interests and neurodivergent. I've also been an award-winning photographer, a health insurance agent, volunteer soccer, tee-ball, and flag football coach, AND I earned a black belt in TKD by the time I was forty. I deeply believe that coffee is the most important meal of the day. One of the most exciting things to happen to me was getting hired this summer at Dealey. I am super grateful and hope to be a great addition to the staff.

Special Education

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Cherrell Green

Ms. Cherrell Green is a native of Mississippi. She attended Jackson State University where she studied History. Ms. Green has lived in Texas 7 1/2 years. She's been a teacher for 6 years. She loves teaching, people, and life. She is a dedicated, determined, and energetic teacher. MS. Green makes her classroom fun and conducive to learning. She creates an environment that allows students to explore their learning abilities. She loves teaching and growing the minds of our future leaders. Ms. Green looks forward to growing with you.

School Counselor

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Laurie Kirk

Ms. Kirk worked in the advertising industry for 20 years before finding her place in education. Ms. Kirk was a special education teacher for 14 years, before earning her master's degree in school counseling from San Angelo State. She's been a school counselor for the past 4 years and is thrilled to join Dealey this upcoming school year. She has been married to her best friend for 29 years and is the proud mom of 3 girls who exceed every expectation she ever had for them!

School Nurse

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Julia Massarelli

Hello Everyone! I am beyond excited to start my journey with the Dealey community. A little about me is that I am originally from a suburb of Chicago. When I graduated from Saint Louis University last May, I took a job here in Dallas at Baylor. For the last year I have been growing personally and professionally on an abdominal transplant unit. As my one year as a RN approached I was looking for a change. Every job search led back to wanting to work with kiddos. I was fortunate enough to have applied and hired for this position. My school RN when I was in elementary school was awesome and I hope to make some sort of impact on the students as well. I am super ecstatic for this school year and cannot wait to meet everyone!!

Middle School Language Arts Teacher

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Joan Singer

Taught in DISD 29 years: High school Art, Tennis Coach, JV Cheerleader Sponsor; Elementary Art, Artclub, Music, Guitar, Choir, GT and 2nd grade, Girl Scout Leader. Retired for 10 years: Volunteered - Taught Adults ESL, Room mom and Garden Mom @ Dealey, Dealey PTA Board, Substitute Teacher @ Dealey. Teaching again: Dealey 7th Grade Honors ELAR. Married 35 years to my hubby!, Both children attended Dealey. Daughter, Samantha, now 25 and married. Son, Joshua, 18 and headed off to University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Two rescue Fur babies: Spud and Pepper.

Primary PK-K Guide

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Swadesh Mutreja

Ms. Mutreja is not new to the Dealey family. She is returning to her roots in Montessori Education. She has a long-standing reputation with the Montessori community. With over 25 years of teaching, she has served as a mentor to many Montessori guides in Dallas ISD. One of them was Ms. Cristina Ibarra when she was a teacher at Dealey. Ms. Mutreja loves to include lessons about diversity through many festivities throughout the year. She has high expectations for all her students and will provide many opportunities for self-discovery in the classroom. We are excited to welcome back Ms. Mutreja. Forever a Dealey Dragon!

Ms. Mutreja will be taking on Ms. Bandeali's former classroom.

Upper Elementary (4-6) Guide

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Kim Baker

Kim Baker earned her undergraduate degree at Southern Methodist University and her Master’s degree from the University of North Texas. She taught in higher education for three decades and has extensive experience as a Program Coordinator in her field of expertise, as well as experience in curriculum and course development, program assessment, and teaching in multiple disciplines. Ms. Baker is a certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor with the American Council on Exercise, a certified Personal Trainer with the American College of Sports Medicine, a certified Schwinn Indoor Cycling Instructor, certified in YogaFit, and a First Aid, CPR, and AED Instructor for the American Red Cross. She is a Master Trainer and Subject Matter Expert in Personal Training and Group Fitness with the American Council on Exercise teaching workshops online, in-person, and at national conventions. As a Subject Matter Expert for ACE, she has also participated in role delineation studies, curriculum development, and exam development through service on professional committees. She enjoys cycling (spin and road), walking, weight training, golf, and staying active.

Her personal goals and objectives as a teacher are focused on enhancing teaching effectiveness and engagement in the classroom, mentorship and leadership development skills, and curriculum development and assessment. She is excited to begin her Montessori journey at Dealey and begins her Montessori training this school year.

Ms. Baker will be taking on Ms. Johnson's former classroom.

Speech Pathologist

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Brittany Ackerman

Ms. Ackerman graduated from UT Austin with her bachelor's degree. She then attended UTD for her graduate degree. Her parents met at UT, and lots of other family members went to school there as well. She's been studying communication disorders for almost 10 years and has worked with pediatric and adult clients. Ms. Ackerman loves helping others and is excited to be part of the Dragon family. Dealey will share Ms. Ackerman's talents with Gooch elementary.

Final Play Date

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A friendly reminder that our Summer Playdate Series ends this Saturday, August 13th. 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.

Hope to see you this weekend!

Kate Thacker & Megan Cernoch

Dealey New Family Committee

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