Dumas ALE teachers, students of the second term announced

DUMAS — The Dumas School District Alternative Learning Environments has announced its students and teachers for the second term.

• Hector Guerra was named the Central PREP Student of the second term because of the strides he made behaviorally and academically since his enrollment in the program.

• Dione Poole is the elementary ALE teacher of the second term. Poole is known as a highly motivated educator. ALE Director Dexter K. Lee sometimes refers to her as the “tennis shoe teacher” because each time he visits her classroom, Poole is usually on her feet, working with students, sometimes covering a different subject area with each pupil, while maintaining control of her classroom. Poole’s daughter, Makendra, noted her mother’s fight against diabetes, including multiple comas, didn’t hold her down.

• Carlos Castillo has been selected the Target PREP Junior High Student of the second term. A ninth-grade Bobcat football and baseball player, Castillo also excels academically and transitioned back to Dumas Junior High School in January.

• Dejaun Beeman is the Target PREP High School Student of the second term. Beeman has learned to own his decisions and face consequences. He has transitioned back to Dumas New Tech High School.

• ALE Civics/Economics instructor Allison Shepherd has been named the Secondary Teacher of the second term. She organized two special projects in the fall. In November, one project was the large metal turkey and a table full of “what I am thankful for” notes written by TP students. In December, three pastel Christmas trees brightened the campus entrance.

Also recently, the ALE reported that a group of Reed PREP students were rewarded for their good behavior. They attended a field experience at the Delta Rivers Nature Center in Pine Bluff. The pupils were able to touch a live alligator and hear about the importance of land and water conservation. They even watched eagles being fed. After the nature center, the students were treated to lunch at Wendy’s. This activity was funded in part by a grant from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.