David Espinosa GPISD School Board Member, Miembro De La Mesa Directiva

David Espinosa GPISD School Board Member, Miembro De La Mesa Directiva David Espinosa School Board Member District 5.

Mr. David Espinosa is a lifetime resident of Grand Prairie and a product of GPISD. The youngest of five, David attended Bonham Elementary School, Lee Middle School, and graduated from Grand Prairie High School. His three older brothers also graduated from Grand Prairie High School, as well as his niece and nephews. David's mother worked for GPISD for 24 years in the ESL department as a paraprofessional. Born from immigrant parents, David is a first generation Mexican-American and he believes GPISD paved the way for him. He attended and graduated from Mountain View Community College and received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Texas at Arlington. David's desire to serve on the School Board started when he worked as an International English teacher in South America. As a teacher, he learned firsthand on how hard it is for educators to work with limited resources. That experience allowed him to understand the strong support teachers need from parents, as well as the Board, to provide the best opportunities for our children. He has worked as a substitute teacher for GPISD and currently provides fruit and vegetable baskets to the community once a week, feeding over 60 families in Grand Prairie. Mr. Espinosa became the youngest board member ever elected to the GPISD School Board in May 2015. He believes he is able to understand the struggles of the citizens he represents in District 5 as a Trustee on the GPISD School Board. Please remember: Accountability to our children, Perseverance for our community, Investment in our future, David Espinosa. #trusteedavidespinosa

FYI
07/06/2020

FYI

Our office is now accepting applications to nominate a constituent to receive the Texas Armed Services Scholarship! HD 104 residents who intend to serve in the Armed Forces upon graduation from college are encouraged to apply to be nominated for this $10,000 per year scholarship award.

To apply, please send your resume to [email protected]. If you have any questions, please contact our office at (512) 463-0408.

For more information or to check if you are eligible, please visit: http://www.hhloans.com/index.cfm?ObjectID=8FB593C7-EE1E-7872-00A8808886543AEE

#Txlege

Not Happy, fourth YOULIE 📚🎓👊🏾
07/05/2020
Mexicans And Cubans Helped The U.S. Win The Revolutionary War

Not Happy, fourth YOULIE 📚🎓👊🏾

Mexican, Spanish, Black, and Native American soldiers fought to make the American dream of independence a reality - and the people of Cuba paid for it. Hispanos have been fighting for this nation'...

My mothers delicious and famous Cochinita Pibil wrapped in banana leaves along with black beans. My grandfather Rodolfo ...
07/04/2020

My mothers delicious and famous Cochinita Pibil wrapped in banana leaves along with black beans. My grandfather Rodolfo Fuentes recipe from the Yucatan Peninsula, Chetumal, MX 🇲🇽.

She is not sharing the recipe sorry!

Not Happy, fourth YOULIE 📚🎓👊🏾

#MEXIHCAH #MAYA

07/03/2020

GOTV (GET OUT THE) VOTE BABY!

Y'ALL TURN IN Y'ALLS MAIL IN BALLOTS!

RAIN, SLEET, SNOW RIFANDO! #TEAMESPINOSA #FWLACOSHECHA #THEFINALPUSH #FORITOSTX

💪🏾💯❤ students register!
07/01/2020

💪🏾💯❤ students register!

Grand Prairie ISD is offering a high school level Mexican American Studies course for the second year. In the course, students learn about the history and cultural contributions of Mexican Americans. Students explore history and culture from an interdisciplinary perspective. The curriculum utilizes the ABC-CLIO The Latino American Experience: The American Mosaic. Students began registering for the course for the coming school year in the spring. New student registration will begin July. #WeAreGPISD #GPISDstillLeading

LatinLive
06/29/2020

LatinLive

"The best weapon you have is your education. The best example we can set for our girls is getting these degrees." - Maria y Oscar, CSUF #SiSePuede ✊🏽

"Immigrant, not ignorant," writes Maria, who was born in Acapulco and immigrated to the US as a kid. Her husband Oscar was born in California, his parents are from Guadalajara.

Maria and Oscar got pregnant when Maria was 16.

"It was hard taking on so many roles at such a young age, finishing school while being a mother and wife. My daughter was my biggest motivation."

"My husband has always been at my side, giving me his support." Oscar worked his way through school, helping Maria pay for her first year of college until she became a permanent resident and was able to work and apply for grants, all while raising their two daughters.

Now, both she and Oscar are college grads. Maria is looking forward to a career in Social Work, Oscar, in agricultural engineering.

Their future, and their daughters' future, is bright.

Felicidades María and Oscar! Pa'riba y pa'delante siempre. ✊🏽

#VivaLaRaza 👩🏽‍🎓👨🏽‍🎓
IG @mariao_p7 @hrt_of_ag

Chicano History!
06/26/2020

Chicano History!

Two NFL greats, Mexican-Americans, Tom Flores and Jim Plunkett are not in the NFL Hall of Fame, despite their enormous accomplishments in football. Tom Flores and Jim Plunkett won Super Bowl XV and Super Bowl XVIII as coach and quarterback, respectively, of the Oakland Raiders. Tom Flores also won Super Bowl IV playing quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs and also won a Super Bowl XI as a assistant coach for John Madden's Oakland Raiders. Tom Flores and Mike Ditka are the only two people in NFL history to win a Super Bowl as a player, assistant coach, and head coach. Flores was also the first Latino starting quarterback and the first minority head coach in professional football history to win a Super Bowl. Jim Plunkett was a Stanford Heisman Trophy winner. Jim Plunket is the only eligible quarterback to win two Super Bowls as a starter to not be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Plunkett is also the only NFL Quarterback to win two Super Bowls with the same team in two cities in Oakland (1981), and Los Angeles (1984). 🇲🇽🇺🇸🏈🏆

I'm pissed, Jimmy Johnson and Bill Cowher get in the hall and Tom Flores gets left out? Flores won a Super bowl as a player, assistant coach and two as a head coach. Set records in the AFL and the NFL and was the first Latino to ever play on the AFL and NFL as a starting quarterback.

Johnson spent most of his career in NCAA and won only two Súper bowls with 510% winning percentage while Flores had a 610% and similar win lose record.

And Cowher has only won one super bowl in his career but again he is a TV personality and another coached team favored by the NFL. He is no different from any other coach who has ever won one Super Bowl if that is the new bar then that means everyone should get in, at the very least Flores.

Chicano History!
06/26/2020

Chicano History!

The story behind the Academy Award’s Oscar statuette is itself one fit for the movies.

It starts in the 1920’s during the Mexican Revolution. Emilio Fernández was studying in Mexico’s military college when he dropped out to take up arms and support the revolutionary cause of Adolfo de la Huerta.

In 1924, a defeated De la Huerta was forced into exile and left Mexico to open a music school in Hollywood; Fernández was captured and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Fernández had been incarcerated for 8 months when he managed to escape. It is said he used dynamite to blow himself out of jail. He soon joined De la Huerta in Los Angeles where he began working as an extra in Hollywood films.

It was in 1928 that friend and fellow Mexican Dolores del Río approached Fernández with the proposition to be the nude model for the Academy Award.

Reluctant at first, Fernández took the job and is now forever tied to the Academy Award and its statuette, the “Oscar.” Fernández eventually returned to Mexico where he went on to write, direct, and star in dozens of films, receiving acclaim for several, including “La Perla,” which he directed and co-wrote with John Steinbeck, and “María Candelaria,” which was the first Mexican film to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival of France.

In Mexico, Emilio Fernández was nicknamed “El Indio,” Spanish for “The Indian,” a tribute to his Indigenous heritage and subject matter of many of his films.

His place in Mexican cinema is well known and highly regarded; however, his place in American cinema history as both an actor and muse for the ultimate Hollywood award should also be as recognized.

As you watch the Academy Awards ceremony tonight, remember the story of how a young man in Mexico went from fighting in a revolution to being the model for the “Oscar,” and ultimately becoming and acclaimed star in his own right.

💪🏾💯❤
06/26/2020

💪🏾💯❤

In 1966, Lupe Hernandez, Chicana nurse from Bakersfield, Cali, invented an alcohol-based gel to effectively clean your hands!

Since the COVID-19, Lupe's invention has been on high demand and people are relying on it now more than ever!

Thank you Lupe for your invention! ✨

This is my motivation! On my roughest days, I refer back to emails like this, and I forget about it! 💪🏾💯❤
06/25/2020

This is my motivation!

On my roughest days, I refer back to emails like this, and I forget about it! 💪🏾💯❤

“In the eyes of the public, we saw it as a sign on positivity, based on [what] we have going on in this country," one pa...
06/23/2020
Dallas County deputies under investigation over drag racing event, officials say

“In the eyes of the public, we saw it as a sign on positivity, based on [what] we have going on in this country," one participant said. “We don’t think it’ll be right if they got in trouble.”

☝🏾💪🏾💯❤

I grew up across the street from Yello Belly Drag Strip, yes I grew up in that trailer park. That race track has always had a bad reputation (from drug dealing to murders).

Viral video shows two Dallas County Sheriff's patrol vehicles racing before a crowd at a drag strip in North Texas

This historic vote took place last year. 💪🏾💯❤
06/22/2020

This historic vote took place last year. 💪🏾💯❤

EDITED
Grand Prairie ISD has included an African American Studies course in the academic catalog for the 20-21 school year for students in grades 9-12. African American Studies is a conceptually driven course that introduces students to the exploration of the rich and diverse history and culture of African Americans. The goal of this course is to broaden the knowledge and understanding of students interested in learning about history, citizenship, culture, economics, science, technology, geography, and the political realities of African Americans. Students began to sign up for this new course in the spring of 2020 for the upcoming school year. New student registration will begin in early July. #WeAreGPISD

EDIT: Several have asked about the curriculum that will be used. GPISD has adopted The African-American Experience: The American Mosiac (Academic) by ABC-CLIO Solutions. It has been vetted and overseen by Dr. Spencer R. Crew of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

💪🏾💯❤
06/22/2020

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EDITED
Grand Prairie ISD has included an African American Studies course in the academic catalog for the 20-21 school year for students in grades 9-12. African American Studies is a conceptually driven course that introduces students to the exploration of the rich and diverse history and culture of African Americans. The goal of this course is to broaden the knowledge and understanding of students interested in learning about history, citizenship, culture, economics, science, technology, geography, and the political realities of African Americans. Students began to sign up for this new course in the spring of 2020 for the upcoming school year. New student registration will begin in early July. #WeAreGPISD

EDIT: Several have asked about the curriculum that will be used. GPISD has adopted The African-American Experience: The American Mosiac (Academic) by ABC-CLIO Solutions. It has been vetted and overseen by Dr. Spencer R. Crew of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Ashley Callingbull
06/21/2020

Ashley Callingbull

My culture is the one thing that keeps me strong, and it helps guide me in the right direction.

Happy Indigenous Peoples Day! Excited to share I am featured in the latest #NikeN7 campaign, which highlights the inherent beauty of traditional heritage plants emphasizing the importance of connecting to the land to support intergenerational and cultural wellness.

Together we grow. United we thrive. #N7

#NikeN7 #TeamNike #UntilWeAllWin

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Photographer: Natives Photograph
Hair & Makeup: Riah Callingbull
Collage Art: The Design Work of Lexx Valdez

Chicano News
06/21/2020

Chicano News

¡Feliz Día del Padre! to all the Papas out there! Gracias por todos!
🖌 by Simon Silva

Double Standard!
06/20/2020

Double Standard!

Grand Prairie ISD
06/18/2020

Grand Prairie ISD

#GPISDHOMETOWNHERO
Taylor Ceballos-Garcia is a South Grand Prairie High School Class of 2015 graduate. She serves in Air Force and is an A1C Ammo Troop. She also has a sister that is a Senior attending South Grand Prairie H.S class of 2021. Thank you for your service. #WeAreGPISD #GPISDstillLeading

06/18/2020

Native Americans Weren't Guaranteed the Right to Vote in Every State Until 1962.

That's only 58 yrs ago. They weren't guaranteed the Right to Vote in Every State, but these are their lands. SMH

How many students know that today? It's time we include Native American Studies in our curriculum.

That one time a white mob/thugs publicly Lynched a Mexican American man. The white mob/thugs watched with great joy! Smh...
06/17/2020
The Lynching that Sparked a Revolution

That one time a white mob/thugs publicly Lynched a Mexican American man. The white mob/thugs watched with great joy! Smh sad!

#History

What began as a peaceful demonstration in Mexico City by university students quickly turned into a riot.

Meet our newest board member everyone!
06/16/2020

Meet our newest board member everyone!

Meet new Grand Prairie ISD School Board Member, Bryan Parra. Mr. Parra was sworn in on Thursday, June 11, 2020 by Dallas County Commissioner, Dr. Elba Garcia.

Mr. Parra is a 2009 graduate of South Grand Prairie High School. He earned his undergraduate from Texas A & M in Race, Gender, & Ethnicity and his Masters from Dallas Baptist University in Educational Leadership. Mr. Parra currently serves as an Assistant Principal in Dallas ISD.

Mr. Parra states that he will focus on engaging the community to hear their concerns and their input on how we can make Grand Prairie Independent School District the best in the state. He is an advocate for public education where student safety, transparency, and building an environment that is welcoming to all students will be priorities.

Mr. Parra states, “By investing in the community, we can make it a better place for all of us to live.”

For more information about the GPISD Board of Trustees please visit gpisd.org/SchoolBoard. #WeAreGPISD

Grand Prairie ISD
06/16/2020

Grand Prairie ISD

The GPISD Board of Trustees approved a 1-to-1 iPad initiative for K-2nd grade at their monthly meeting last week. The district will purchase 5,650 devices and cases. The bundle will include no service fee for a repair or replacement for students up to two incidents per device per year.

This purchase expands the district's 1:1 initiative to all K-12 students assuring everyone will get the same opportunity for “at-home learning” and in-class collaboration and engagement. #WeAreGPISD

Stop referring to ancient Indigenous Temples as "Pyramids". They are not pyramids, they are Holy Temples that people wor...
06/14/2020
Researchers find 3,000-year-old Maya structure larger than their pyramids

Stop referring to ancient Indigenous Temples as "Pyramids". They are not pyramids, they are Holy Temples that people worshiped. ☝🏾My uncle in Mexico City who is a successful Attorney corrected me and educated me. 💪🏾💯❤

Great read 👇🏾

A 3,000-year-old Maya structure recently discovered is more than 4,000 feet long.

#CULTURE #TRADITION #ANCESTORS #MEXIHCAHS 💪🏾❤💯
06/13/2020

#CULTURE #TRADITION #ANCESTORS #MEXIHCAHS 💪🏾❤💯

Cualquiera se deslumbra con el Arte Mexicano ♥️😍

I normally don't post about books I read, but I want to thank Joshua Mauck for giving me this book yesterday at the scho...
06/12/2020

I normally don't post about books I read, but I want to thank Joshua Mauck for giving me this book yesterday at the school board meeting. Muchas Gracias. Josh is the teacher for the Mexican American Studies (MAS) classes at Grand Prairie High School.

To all Mexican American professionals/business owners/elected officials in the DFW, please message Josh to be put on the list as a speaker and encourage our students in the MAS classes. Don't be shy to message him.💪🏾💯❤

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I'm not 100% sure where to express opinion, BUT the time change for high school US STUPID.
Confirming that there will be a school board meeting tomorrow with no parent input on school time changes. Is this correct?
what is your platform? Why and what are you attempting to achieve in running for this position? What ideas you have or hope to achieve to help the students and community?
Never forget history!
FYI
Must watch! The Queen of Texas!
We should be ashamed as Americans! Only 56 yrs ago people native to these lands were NOT allowed to vote!
These legislatures who are against public education need to be voted out!