DJ Jaynes praised for her work

Nov. 12, 2010 at 5:12 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

I am writing in support of Debbie Jaynes.

It seems that just yesterday she was my teacher, today she is a colleague, and forever she will be my mentor. In my role as an educator, I have carried on many lifelong lessons that DJ has instilled upon me. It is evident that one of my responsibilities today is to shed light on the positive attributes of VISD teacher DJ Jaynes.

She has spent more than 30 years teaching young men and women to be the best they can be. She is an innovative choreographer and director. State and national adjudicators applaud her style and execution. She has mastered the craft of performance and production. Within the dance community, DJ has put Victoria on the map. Through her belief in tradition and excellence, she has given thousands of VISD students the opportunity to be a part of a valid and successful program.

Dance teams are far more than pom poms and red lipstick. We exist all over the nation, providing school spirit, physical fitness, self confidence, community outreach, academic success, artistic expression, camaraderie, discipline and more. DJ pushed us daily to be better. If you calculated the selfless hours invested in leadership, council and service to this community, you would find she has never been in this occupation for the money. In fact, coaches and directors who run a successful program make under minimum wage. Day after day, year after year, they return to create and maintain successful and vital programs for their students.

It is because of her passion and dedication to her district, campus and program that I chose to become an educator. Words will never express how much this VISD educator has touched my life. To my students, I hope to be half of the person she was to me. I am grateful to have had her as a teacher, I am honored to call her a colleague and I am blessed to have her as a mentor. I would like to say thank you to DJ Jaynes for being in my life yesterday, today and forever.

April Hunt, Katy



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