Transforming Skyline High School

For over 40 years, Glenda Clark has inspired Dallas ISD students by not only imparting knowledge but also fostering a spirit of creativity and critical thinking as a teacher. Along with Principal Angela West, she created the B12 Committee, a group of 12 dedicated educators determined to spread optimism and appreciation throughout Skyline High School.


Born out of a desire to combat waning morale in the aftermath of COVID-19, the B12 Committee embarked on a mission to create a nurturing and supportive environment within Skyline, said Clark, a teacher of Advanced Journalism Yearbook and Newspaper. 


From initiatives like Teacher/Employee of the Month and Random Acts of Kindness to the creation of Skyline’s own version of the State Fair of Texas, the committee has left an indelible mark on the school community.


“The enthusiasm of B12 members has created a ripple effect of positivity throughout our campus,” Clark said.


However, the journey hasn’t been without its challenges. As a self-funded committee, the B12 team often faced budgetary constraints. Yet, through resilience and resourcefulness, they overcame these obstacles, finding creative solutions to ensure the success of their initiatives. 


“When we pull our resources, it’s amazing what we can come up with!” Clark said. 


Looking ahead, Clark sees the B12 Committee as a model for the future of education. 


“In the journey of education, let us remember the importance of fostering a nurturing environment for ourselves, our colleagues, and our students,” she said. “By shining a spotlight on achievements and celebrating the brilliance within our educational community, we inspire one another to reach new heights of excellence.”

Gary Walker, a member of the B12 Committee, shared his perspective on the impact of their work: “As we lean forward into the future of education and truly focus on bridging the gap to student engagement and our teacher’s sense of belonging, we believe that’s where we, as an educational community, will thrive. B12 is not only servicing faculty and staff with awesome events and engagement opportunities but also involving our students so they can understand what being a part of a positive learning community is like.”


Nicholas Brewer, another member of the B12 Committee, reflected on what the committee means to him: “The B12 Committee represents a spirit of teacher appreciation that lasts an entire school year. With so many demands in our profession, B12 uses a variety of kind gestures to represent encouragement for our colleagues.”


Brewer also shared insights into what B12 means to students and staff at Skyline: “A spacious campus with thousands of people at a time such as Skyline High can understandably create an impersonal experience. B12’s acts of service provide gentle reminders that despite the sheer size of our campus, each individual faculty and staff member is worth genuine appreciation.”

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