A fan favorite assistant principal

Miosha McCann, assistant principal at Harry C. Withers Elementary School, has dedicated her 23 years at Dallas ISD to inspiring students. Her work with students throughout her career recently led to being recognized as a fan favorite assistant principal in the district. 

McCann, who has worked 27 years in education, takes pride in the influence she has had on her students, the messages she receives from former students, and the affection they show her.  

“It is very rewarding to receive endearing Facebook messages and emails from former students,” she said. “I’ve even had students who have shared that they have become teachers because of my influence. One even referred to me as her ‘Forever Favorite.’ It doesn’t get any better than that!”

McCann’s passion for education was deeply influenced by her family background. Her mother was her fifth-grade teacher and her sister did her student teaching internship in her fourth-grade class.

“At last count, there were 26 educators in the family. It’s in the DNA.” McCann said. 

Looking back on her career, McCann remembers with pride being recognized as Teacher of the Year and achieving the honor of becoming a semi-finalist for district Teacher of the Year in 2005. Her recent recognition as the 2024 Fan Favorite Assistant Principal shows her commitment to students and staff. 

McCann has encountered numerous transformations in her years with the district. She appreciates the advancements in technology and how they have simplified her life. 

“I remember using an overhead projector,” she said. 

Driven by her mantra, “Every day above ground is a good day,” McCann highlights the importance of embracing the smallest gestures in shaping young minds. 

“Sometimes the smallest gestures leave an indelible imprint on the heart of a child,” she said. “I never refuse a hug from a youngster… even if it means issuing 100 in a day. Making them feel better always makes me feel better. It’s the boomerang effect.”

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