Dean, Reginia

Hello My Name Is...

Reginia M. Dean
(972) 233-8757 

Reginia M. Dean

rdean@desotoisd.org
Conference time 8:50  - 9:40 a.m. 

Hello, I am Reginia Dean and I have been employed with Desoto ISD for eleven years.  I have 25 plus years of experience in education; ranging from teacher assistant, art teacher, day care director, and elementary teacher.  My major in college was Advertising Art/Photography where I aspired to become a Graphic Designer but soon out of college I worked at The West Dallas Boys & Girls Club and at Dallas ISD as The Arts & Crafts Director.  I maintained two full-time jobs and I also worked as a teacher assistant at Paul Lawrence Dunbar and eventually moved to Jimmie Tyler Brashear Early Childhood Center. As a teacher assistant, I saw how the students were eager to learn. Being in the classroom was exciting as we helped the students learn every day. Seeing the students’ joy and the smiles on their faces when they finished a project or an assignment gave me an indescribable feeling.  By then Principal, Ms. Orethann Price and teacher, Ms. Annitra Hitchen-Verrett, said “Ms. Dean you need to go back to school to obtain your teaching certificate”. So, I applied to the Dallas ISD Grow Your Own Program  at Paul Quinn College were I obtained my Elementary Certification. They helped me with assignments and grow into the educator I am. “I’m That Teacher.”  I’m the teacher that gets to school before dawn and leaves late at night and the custodians say “When is she going home? My successful tenure at Jimmie Tyler Brashear ECE included receiving the Teacher Assistant of The Year (1995) and the Teacher of The Year (1999) Awards.

Every year, I love and nurture students as if they were my own. I teach them problem solving and reasoning skills. Just as Ms. Price pushed me, I push my students in order to build their confidence. When they believe in themselves, they can be successful. I want them to leave my class with new knowledge and the drive to learn in the future.  My students make me laugh, cry, jump for joy, and bang my head against the wall (my mini-me’s).  They are my greatest pride and joy and they are my responsibility.  They are the reason why I work weekends, holidays, stay late at night (9:00 p.m.) and lay awake through the night wondering if I’ve done enough. Those precious faces are why I say that teaching is hard and very rewarding, and I can't imagine doing anything else because I am that teacher!!!”

As a teacher, I am responsible for their academic and social learning. I create lessons that are interesting.  To engage parents, I explain to the parents that we work together as a team for their child to accomplish their goals. As a team, we make their child successful. I communicate with the parents in a variety of ways to keep parents involved.

My philosophy of education is that every classroom should be a wonderland of learning. The teacher should expose the children to a variety of cultures and extend their learning every day. Because students learn differently, differentiated learning and all modalities should be included in every lesson. I provide all of my children new learning experiences through speaking, auditory, and kinesthetic learning; but the most important ingredient to a wonderland learning experience is FUN! Students should have fun as they learn.

My teaching doesn’t end with my students. I find myself mentoring and teaching new teachers and parents. Education is the best career choice for me. I have a helpful spirit to ensure all students are lifelong learners and I demonstrate this philosophy every day. I’m charged with developing the foundation for the beginning of my students’ educational career.  I accept the challenge and commit to assisting all students to succeeding all the way through high school and beyond!  Weclome to my class I'm here to service you and your child!

Thank-you,
Reginia M. Dean
Teacher of the Year 2017-18
Amber Terrace Discovery & Design Early Childhood Academy