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Dr. Tielle Reflects on the Past and Looks Forward to the Future

Dr. Tielle Reflects on the Past and Looks Forward to the Future
Christopher Weddle

Dear Del Valle ISD Family:

After 7 years of service in Del Valle ISD, and 32 years in public education, today I am announcing that I will be retiring in December of 2024. My greatest joy is serving our amazing students and community. You have captured my heart forever. 

I believe that the district is in a great place to build on our legacy of success, and it is my personal responsibility as a leader to provide ample time to prepare a transition plan. However, over the next year, I don’t plan on slowing down! 

As I look back, I think about all of our celebrations and the achievements of our students on so many levels. Everywhere I go, whether meeting with legislators at the State Capitol, chancellors at universities and colleges, business & industry partners, or with media outlets, I always hear the same thing - “Del Valle students are the best and Del Valle is a model district.”  We’re a model district because we have assembled a staff who are second to none and because we continue to challenge the status quo to create the best programs for our students. 

I look forward to closing my tenure with several more milestones, such as: 

  • creating a budget for staff raises

  • opening the P-TECH/ECHS Campus and Gigafactory Studio

  • launching the Thinkery Community Center

  • continuing to lead the positive momentum of building our second high school in Whisper Valley

My goal is to ensure that systems are sustained to build upon the accomplishments we have celebrated together. 

A point of pride is how we are consistently visited by outside districts and leaders to learn more about DVISD and our approach to student success. Examples include, our scientifically researched-based dual language program, DVISD’s locally developed UT Literacy First model, Thinkery/CDC innovate model, workforce development program model, locally developed curriculum, plan for lowered dropout rate & increased graduation rate, TEA designated “B” district rating, and processes to gain 30 percentage points in College, Career and Military Readiness increase to 85%!  

Together, we went through the pandemic, overcame the challenges of one of the worst snow and ice storms in the history of the region, and overwhelmingly passed two bonds - $284 million in 2019 with a 75% passing rate and $300 million in 2022 with a 65% passing rate to purchase land and build a second high school. Our successes didn’t happen by accident. They happened because of hard work, determination, and willingness to go above and beyond for our students.

Thank you to our educators and staff for your heart and for making these accomplishments possible. Thank you to the community for your overwhelming support of our students by passing these two bonds, so that our children can have the facilities and resources that they deserve. Thank you to our campus leadership for the unwavering support you have given me over the past seven years. I am honored to have served with you and will always consider you family.  

And most importantly, thank you to our students for having the heart, grit, and perseverance to make DVISD stand out among other area districts, as a place where students are a model for other students, and demonstrate levels of excellence well beyond their years. 

Thank you, to each and every one of you, for inspiring me to be a better leader and for allowing me to serve in our amazing district. I am very proud of all we have accomplished together, and look forward to the future of DVISD! The best is yet to come! 

Thank you all,

Annette Tielle, Superintendent