Duncanville ISD Announces Spirit of a Champion Award Honorees

Spirit of a ChampionDUNCANVILLE, TX – The Duncanville ISD is proud to announce its 2015 Spirit of a Champion Award honorees. The Spirit of a Champion Award recognizes district employees who have demonstrated expertise and leadership in the area of education for the betterment of our students and district.
Duncanville ISD chooses several Spirit of a Champion recipients each year. The awards will be presented at Duncanville ISD’s annual Employee Appreciation Event on May 18.
This year’s honorees are:

Gary Bennett joined Duncanville ISD in 1988 as a custodian and has served as a Custodial Supervisor since 2003. Gary makes sure his facilities are clean and ready for the students to come to school each day. One of Gary’s favorite parts of his job is setting up the graduation for PACE, because those students have overcome adversity and worked hard to reach their goal. For the past 27 years, Gary has carried out his duties with dedication and loyalty.
Claudia Lumbreras joined Duncanville ISD in 1998 as long-term substitute, and has served as a PEIMS Specialist since 2008. Claudia previously served as a clerical aide at Acton Elementary. As a PEIMS Specialist, Claudia collects data for staff, students and special programs, and provides support and training for staff members who work with eSchool, HAC, Enrollment Online and TREx.

Alfonso Ortiz joined Duncanville ISD in 2003 as a food service assistant for the Nutrition Services Department. Alfonso goes above and beyond to meet the catering needs of the district, and does so with a willing heart and smile. Alfonso provides catering for many different events, including some for up to 800 people. Receiving complements from his catering customers is one of the most rewarding parts of his job.

James Rich joined Duncanville ISD in 2006 as a journalism teacher at Duncanville High School. James oversees all the publications for the high school including the online website, yearbook and newspaper. Along with teaching the publications classes, James also teaches intro and advanced commercial photography and journalism. James works many hours outside his designated work day by attending school events and being on-call to assist his staff members while they are covering events. James graduated from Tarleton State University in 1995 and the University of North Texas in 2011. He has previously worked for Cleburne, Coppell and Azle school districts.