Doraida Acevedo-Ufret was named North Dallas High’s Teacher of the Year last Friday.
Acevedo-Ufret has been at North Dallas for five years. She teaches Spanish and ESL (English as a Second Language).
“It is an honor to represent the Bulldog family and give back to them,” Acevedo-Ufret said in an email. “These five years have been the greatest years of my career. Being able to work with the NDHS population has given me hope for the future.”
Asked about teaching at North Dallas, she said, “North Dallas has been a blessing to my life.”
Acevedo-Ufret took a few minutes to answer some questions about herself:
High school attended: Lola Rodriguez de Tio, San Germán, Puerto Rico
Colleges attended and major: Interamerican University of Puerto Rico (Bachelor of Arts in Spanish), Lamar University (Master’s in Leadership with concentration in ESL)
What subjects do you teach: Spanish and ESL (English as a Second Language)
What activities or clubs are you involved with: LULAC
My hobbies are: reading and watching TV
I’m most proud of: my children, Leira and Fabian
The two people I’d most like to meet are: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera
The best book I ever read was: “Don Quijote de la Mancha” by Miguel de Cervantes
Favorite sports team: Texas Rangers
Favorite sports athlete: Pudge Rodriguez
My favorite restaurant is: anything seafood
I wish I knew how to: design clothes
The best advice I ever received was: never stop chasing your dreams
If I could travel anywhere, I would go: to Brazil
Nobody knows I: write poetry
I get inspiration from: my students
How would you describe your year?
I had a great year working alongside wonderful staff and colleagues. I was able to work on some projects with the community and my LULAC members were able to individually complete over 40 hours of community service.
What do you attribute this success to?
The experiences my students bring to the classroom every day make me a better person. My success is definitely their success.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
Every day is a new adventure. What I enjoy the most is being able to meet new people and learn from their experiences. I want my students to be life ready!
What were the top 3 or 4 moments for you from this past school year?
Our LULAC Day of the Dead and Cinco de Mayo events because parents and community were involved; Prom 2017 because it was my first Prom; and graduation because my name came up as part of our Valedictorian Lesley Arias’ graduation speech.
Any final comments?
2017-2018 will be a year full of challenges as I will be part of the ESL department. To serve our ESL population is something I have been wanting to do and I have big hopes.
Congratulatons, Ms. Acevedo-Ufret!