DOROTHY PACE, FORMER PINE STREET JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER,
TO BE INDUCTED INTO TISD HALL OF FAME
Texarkana, TX – Texarkana Independent School District (TISD) will honor former Pine Street Junior High School teacher, Dorothy Pace, as their 2016 inductee to the TISD Hall of Fame during its annual Texas Public Schools Week Community Breakfast.
The event will be held on Tuesday, March 1 at 7:00 a.m. in the Dan Haskins Student Center at Texas High School, 2112 Kennedy Lane. The public is welcome to attend.
“One of the most important and influential jobs a person can have is that of a teacher,” commented Paul Norton, Superintendent of Schools. “Mrs. Pace’s desire to teach began in her youth and her quest for knowledge of the profession was solidified in college. Her passion and the difference she made in the lives of students was displayed every day in the classrooms right here at TISD. I am thrilled that we have the opportunity to honor her for making a difference.”
The TISD Hall of Fame award is given to a retired employee who has made a significant impact on the district and the Texarkana community. The award preserves the history of great educators who have made TISD what it is today and ensures their names and contributions are here for others to see for many years to come.
Dorothy Pace was born in Alexandria, Louisiana and grew up in Port Arthur, Texas along with her 11 siblings. She graduated as Valedictorian in 1957 from Abraham Lincoln High School and then went on to Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas to pursue her desire to teach.
“I knew from a very early age that teaching was my passion,” Pace said. “All my favorite people were teachers and I wanted to be just like them.”
At TSU, Pace was a member of the Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society and Future Teachers of America. She was twice selected for “Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities,” received the Finer Womanhood Award in 1960 and was elected “Lady of the Year” in 1961. With a Bachelor of Arts in Education, Pace took her teachers perspective exam in June 1961 and was immediately hired by her old high school, Lincoln High School, to teach English.
A year later, in June 1962, she married Bobby Lamar Pace, Sr. who was serving in the United States Army. As she continued to teach at Port Arthur ISD, they welcomed their only child, Bobby Lamar Pace, Jr. in 1967. In 1968, Mrs. Pace began traveling with her husband and they were assigned to Okinawa, Japan. While there, she took a part-time job with the U.S. Army teaching English Enhancement to Korean, Vietnamese, Filipino and Thai adult officers in a military capacity.
The family was reassigned in 1970 to Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, NC. Pace continued to teach, working with Army and Air Force soldiers as they prepared to take the General Education Development test. In 1974, Mr. Pace convinced his wife that there was ‘no place like home’ and they returned to his hometown of Texarkana, Texas. Mrs. Pace applied for a teaching position with TISD and within four days she was hired. That was the beginning of a 29 year teaching career at Pine Street Junior High School.
Throughout her years at Pine Street Junior High School, Pace taught Reading and English Language Arts to both seventh and eighth grade students. She served as Team Leader, Language Arts Department Chair and on the Superintendent Hiring Committee. Pace was also chosen to attend DuPont’s Training of Trainers for Development Process in order to educate other district personnel and those from smaller school districts. She was named to “Who’s Who Among Teachers In America” and in 1990 was named Teacher of the Year.
“My years of teaching brought me so much joy,” commented Pace. “I loved the interaction with students and seeing them progress from one year to the next. I also thoroughly enjoyed the great co-workers I had the pleasure to work with. Today, when I see former students, my heart smiles when they share that I was their favorite teacher or how much they loved being in my class.”
On the subject of the teaching profession, Pace said it was a “wonderful decision” for her and would encourage others to consider this rewarding profession. “You have to have a lot of heart, guts, patience and love for the kids. If you have those, you will succeed.”
Pace also shares her concern for the subject she has taught so many years – English Language Arts. “I believe that texting, email and the shortened version of written communication are doing an injustice to our students. After a while, texting will be gone and email will be out. The basics of English and writing will be here forever.”
Along with their son, Mr. & Mrs. Pace are blessed with a wonderful daughter-in-law, Rechelle Pace, and a grandson, Justin Nicholas Pace, who is currently a sophomore at Louisiana State University.
The ALT Magazine Outstanding High School Athlete is required to be an active member of a sport and the young lady that I am nominating certainly fits that criteria. She is always a team player as she fashions the glowing personality that she is known for having. However, by the time you receive this application, she will no longer be considered "active." Kaden Peebles, a member of our cheer squad, has recently been diagnosed with something that will, without a doubt, change her life forever.
Though cheerleading skills didn't necessarily come easy for Kaden, as a child, all Kaden ever wanted to be was a Scrapper cheerleader. In many small towns, making cheerleader might not seem like a great feat, but at Nashville High School, it is something to be proud of. Scrapper cheer has an unbelievable reputation for having great squads and multiple state championships, which Kaden was able to experience in 2013.
In August of 2014, while trying to practice for a cheer competition with her squad, Kaden was stricken with a pain in her hip. The pain was so severe that she was almost not able to continue practicing; but, being the trooper that she is and knowing the importance of competition, she persevered in the midst of such excruciating pain. As time rocked on, we were all steadfast in pushing her, but it became very obvious that she was losing her ability to continue as she normally did.
Kaden had good days when she could cheer with ease, but she also began to have days in which she could hardly walk. These bad days began to grow closer and closer together. During it all, Kaden said very little to me concerning the pain that she was in. She simply toughed it out and continued to cheer with her precious smile, not only through football season, but also through our state cheer competition and most of basketball season. But after many appointments with different doctors, her worst nightmare came true.
Kaden Peebles was diagnosed with a Ewing Sarcoma, a very rare and very severe childhood cancer. For six months, while cheering with her squad and undergoing months of rehab, an ugly tumor as big as her fist had been growing larger and larger on her hip.
This brings us to now – Tuesday, March 10, 2015. While a number of young ladies are spending hours preparing for cheerleading tryouts for the upcoming season, Kaden is spending hours in Arkansas Children’s Hospital receiving chemotherapy treatments. As other girls fight for the chance to receive a place on the cheer squad, Kaden will be fighting the ultimate battle: the battle for her life. This disease has taken away her ability to be a Scrapper cheerleader, the one thing that she wanted to do more than anything else during her high school career. Kaden will miss out on being a member of the Nashville cheer squad for her senior year and will be unable to attend prom. Instead of spending most of her last year of high school with her classmates, she will continue on her long, hard journey with multiple chemo treatments as well as surgery to remove the tumor.
While Kaden has shown great courage during the extreme adversity that has been forced upon her and will forevermore have the thought of this nightmare in her mind, the small town of Nashville has quickly rallied behind her. Local cheerleaders had a bake sale raising almost $5,000 for out of pocket expenses for her family.
While cancer has robbed Kaden of almost everything that many little girls look forward to all of their lives, there is one thing that cancer will not rob from Kaden Peebles – her spirit. With much certainty and determination Kaden says, "I will be cancer free in May."
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