March 22, 2016

Todd Marshall
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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.

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