Our final spotlight [this semester] is someone we’ve known and loved for over 30 years in Kennedale. She has poured her heart and soul into Kennedale ISD and into the Kennedale community. Mrs. Rebecca Clark is truly one of Kennedale ISD’s finest, and we are thrilled to shine the spotlight on her today!
Mrs. Rebecca Clark is celebrating her 37th year in education, spending 32 of those years in Kennedale ISD and at James F. Delaney Elementary. When Mrs. Clark first came to Kennedale ISD, she was hired by the school’s namesake, Mr. Delaney, to teach second grade. It was a match made in heaven, and she has been part of the Delaney family ever since.
She currently serves as a Special Education teacher and works with teachers across the district in order to meet the needs of our diverse population. No matter what her students’ needs may be, she consistently goes above and beyond to ensure the success of each and every student.
As technology increasingly plays a critical role in student education, Mrs. Clark regularly attends professional development opportunities so that she has a better understanding of technology tools and is able to support her students. She has earned several badges with the district and recently became Google Level 1 certified.
Mrs. Clark greets students every morning by name and does everything she can to build relationships with all students on campus. She makes a tremendous effort to learn about their interests and their families and to make sure every student feels welcomed and loved when they come to JFD.
We asked Mrs. Clark what she enjoys most about working with her students:
“My favorite part about working with my students is when I see the pride and sheer joy in their eyes after they have worked SO HARD! They didn’t give up, and they finally mastered a difficult concept. Another part I love is when my past students come back to visit. I had one student tell me that I was ‘the nicest, but the hardest teacher she ever had.’ What a compliment! I am glad my students know that I love them and expect them to be the best they can be!”
Mrs. Clark not only takes care of her students, but she goes to great lengths to support her co-workers. She is always willing to help her fellow teachers and makes sure everyone is taken care of.
One Delaney teacher shared,
“Mrs. Clark is always there for her students. She goes above and beyond to make sure our students with special needs and learning differences have what they need to be successful. She also develops strong relationships with students and their parents. Her hard work behind the scenes enables the ARD process to run smoothly, from gathering teacher input to writing actionable goals to helping students master critical skills. She is such a blessing to every student, parent, and teacher she works with at Delaney.”
You will always see her and her husband attending Kennedale events, serving in the community, and lending a helping hand wherever they can. Their outpouring of love for the Kennedale Wildcats is one that certainly doesn’t go unnoticed.
Mrs. Clark shared,
“When I first started teaching, if you had asked me if I would still be teaching at this age, I would have said, ‘No way!’ However, I have been blessed to work with the ‘Cream of the Crop’ teachers, a supportive administration, wonderful parents, and awesome students. I look forward to working with my kiddos at Delaney every day!”
We think Mrs. Clark is also the “Cream of the Crop,” and we could not be more thankful for all she does and her years of service in Kennedale ISD. She has made a tremendous impact on our students, parents, teachers, and the Kennedale community.