John J. Pershing Elementary has more than surpassed my and my husband's expectations with public school. We were amazed at our child's progress in kindergarten and her teacher is a wonderful person that I know has set an excellent foundation for my daughter's learning. We were very impressed with the different activities available for the children after school, the safety measures that the principal and teachers have taught the children, and we feel very comfortable sending her to Pershing. My daughter has always been raised in a very diversified environment that mirrors the 'real world' and while she is at Pershing I know she will continue to learn and grow to respect and appreciate the differences that each and every individual person possesses. I feel that no matter where a child goes to school, if the parent stays involved with their child's learning, that child is going to grow up learning a lot more than just their ABCs.
Wow! What a fabulous experience we have had at Pershing! We have been here 4 years and have seen turnover in such a positive light; it makes us thrilled to still be here. Our school ranking has jumped from the bottom to the top 10 in 2 years and this can only be attributed to great leadership and personal drive in the teachers. We are dedicated to the education of our children and we know they are getting that and more at Pershing.
In response to the parent comment (May 2003), teachers do not have low morale by working at Pershing. Low morale occurs only when parents like this one try to tear down our school and principal. Pershing teachers are proud to follow the direction of our new principal and the great reputation that Pershing has always enjoyed is being restored by all of us at Pershing pulling together. Not many people knew that our good reputation was dying over the past 6 years...one of our best kept secrets but now that we have the strong leadership we need to put us back on course, Pershing is shining bright again.
As a 20 plus years of teaching at Pershing I can honestly tell you that I am offended by the negative publicity (May 2003) about our school and Principal. I personally have worked under three Principals at Pershing. The Principal we have today surpasses all Principals of the past.We have had a great reputation for six years and that is all we had because scores were declining for six years prior to the new principal arriving. She has taken our school from number 26 out of 27 to Number 8 in Area 7 in one year. One hundred percent of our faculty have tested and proved by certification their proficency in technology through her leadership. For a parent to attack our school and Principal it is apparent that this parent has not visit our school enough and is listening to misinformation. Isn't it interesting that the high turn over rate at our school instantly raised test scores?Pershing now has a person who supports all teachers equally. It is an honor to be at Pershing under the new leadeship where teachers can teach and feel they are making a difference.
I have two children that graduated from John J. Pershing and one child attending now. I feel that my older children a wonderful experience there, comparable to the best private schools in Dallas. However, this is not true of the school now. The leadership at this school has decreased drastically over the last 2 years with the selection of a new principal. My daughter tells me on a daily basis how much she hates Pershing. Several teachers left the school in the middle of the year. The teacher turnover rate is high and morale is low. I have another child that will be school age next year, but I will transfer her to another neighborhood public school. This once was a great school. If you are considering Pershing, look at the school now and don't be fooled by it's past great reputation. It's not the same. A lot of the old, great teachers have left and are now replaced by younger, less experienced/educated, teachers. DISD has many wonderful schools, Pershing is just no longer one of them.
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