Danette Hollingsworth was named 2020-21 DeQuincy Elementary School Teacher of the Year.
Hollingworth received her teaching degree from McNeese State University in 1988. Her teaching career in Louisiana was one year in Merryville, and 16 years in Starks. During those years, she primarily taught second grade. She enjoyed implementing technology into the classroom for her students in the early 1990s.
In 2005, her family moved to the Dallas, Texas metro area. She worked in a corporate setting for a national childcare company and then managed a childcare facility for them. After realizing how much she missed teaching school age children, she returned to the classroom in 2007. She spent 4 1/2 years teaching third grade in Richardson, Texas at their Math, Science, Technology Magnet. Innovation of technology into the classroom along with access to a grade level science lab was important for students on that campus.
She left the classroom for a year in Hawaii and returned to San Antonio, Texas. There she taught at Harmony School of Innovation in fourth grade Science and Math for a year. In the next year, she taught at McKinney, Texas in third grade. Her final year teaching in Texas was in Dallas ISD at Rogers Elementary. The school was a Personalized Learning Campus for students. It was a career opportunity that she is glad to have experienced.
She moved back to DeQuincy and began teaching at Dequincy Elementary in 2016. She moved home to be nearer her parents, Mac and Romayne Lyle. It is good to be teaching in the community where her extended family lives. She graduated from DeQuincy High School as did her son, Rion Hollingsworth.
DeQuincy Elementary is under excellent leadership. The teachers and staff are highly qualified and motivated to do their best for its students. One of the roles she has filled is intervention content teacher and attended state-wide educational professional development.
Being chosen by her peers to be teacher of the year is an honor stated Hollingsworth.