Greetings Leopard Nation!!!! It is my pleasure to welcome you to the start of the 2018 – 2019 school year and officially introduce myself to the Gainesville community. My name is Dr. DesMontes Stewart and it is my distinct honor to serve as your Superintendent of Schools. Words cannot express my level of excitement as we kick off the new school year campaign.
The start of school is always a special time, not just for our students, but also for our faculty, staff and parents as well. Throughout the city, I have met several families and community members who have openly expressed their readiness for the upcoming school year. I too share this excitement and would like to extend an invitation to our parents, guardians, local businesses and community partners to join us in molding the leaders of the future. Tom Brokaw once stated, "There is a place in America to take a stand: it is public education. It is the underpinning of our cultural and political system. It is the great common ground. Public education after all is the engine that moves us as a society toward a common destiny... It is in public education that the American dream begins to take shape." Together we can make a lasting impact on our schools, community and most importantly our kids.
The Gainesville Independent School District has done a phenomenal job of preparing our students to be successful both inside and outside of the classroom. Opportunities such as expanded dual credit course offerings through North Central Texas College, S.T.E.M. coursework, dual language programs for our PK/K/1 grade students and a thriving Fine Arts department have provided great benefits to our students. We believe that these experiences and hands-on learning opportunities have served our students well and will equip them with the skillsets needed to compete in our ever-changing society.
In closing, you have our undivided commitment to making your child’s educational experience enjoyable and enriching. Our staff has worked very diligently preparing innovative lessons that are designed to challenge and stretch our students academically. By infusing more rigor within the classrooms coupled with quality instruction that addresses various learning styles, there is no doubt that we will enjoy yet another successful school year. I am beyond proud to be your Superintendent of Schools and will work tirelessly to ensure that our wonderful District continues to excel. Let’s make 2018-2019 a year to remember. GO LEOPARDS!!!!!!
DesMontes Stewart, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools