Dallas-Lewis to Focus on Cultural Diversity

Dallas-Lewis to Focus on Cultural Diversity
Posted on 01/13/2020
CHARLES TOWN, WV -- The new Cultural Diversity/Staff Development Coordinator is ready to hit the ground running at Jefferson County Schools (JCS).
After a little more than a week on the job, Tanya Dallas-Lewis said she has a vision for West Virginia’s most diverse school system.
“I want to continue the work that the board office, many teachers, staff, students, and community members in Jefferson Country are already doing--- taking steps to becoming culturally proficient leaders.”
Dallas-Lewis began her career in education in Berkeley County Schools where she worked as a Title I Interventionist for math and reading for Valley View Elementary School and as a Family and Consumer
Science Teacher at North and South Middle School before being hired as a 7th grade ELA (English Language Arts) teacher at South Middle School.
During that time, Dallas-Lewis said she was trained as a Cultural Proficiency Trainer/Facilitator and became certified in Deep Equity, an intensive training on equity and inclusion.
“I have worked with and interacted with teachers and students from cultures all around the world,” Dallas-Lewis said. “I’d like to continue to create and support healthy interactions so that we as educators, staff and students, can move beyond ‘awareness,’ to being equipped with tools on how to respect and appreciate differences in the global society.”
A hiring committee made up of JCS administrators and community representatives spent more than a year conducting a candidate search before Ms. Dallas-Lewis was hired, but Jefferson County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Bondy Shay Gibson, said it was necessary.
“Jefferson County families trust and strongly support our schools. We earn that trust every day by keeping our standards high and hiring only the best,” Gibson said. “We were willing to do whatever was necessary to have someone with the skills and background to build on the strong program pioneered in this community. Ms. Dallas-Lewis has exemplary credentials and we are excited to have her on the team as we serve the most diverse student population in the state.”
Dallas-Lewis received her bachelor’s degree from George Mason University.
She is currently attending Wheeling Jesuit University with a focus in English Language Arts and has taken several graduate level courses with a focus on equity and inclusion in schools at Shepherd University.

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