DSLA Staff Member Spotlight

Current Spotlight 

Mrs. Paula Nowlin

5th Grade Social Studies - Team Longhorns

Walk-Up/Theme Song: "My Girl" by The Temptations

Interesting Facts: 

Today’s staff spotlight is on our amazing and loving Social Studies teacher on the Longhorns team – Mrs. Nowlin!  Mrs. Nowlin has been a teacher at DSLA for 16 years!  Did you know that Mrs. Nowlin is a certified scuba diver and has actually seen a real sea horse in its natural habitat!  Another interesting piece of information about Mrs. Nowlin is that she actually saw Elvis Presley in concert in Memphis, TN!  If you have a minute, sometimes ask Mrs. Nowlin to share her story of breaking her arm in a school bus accident when she was in second grade. 

We salute you Mrs. Nowlin and thank you for your service to our school, students, and staff!


Past Spotlights: 

Mr. Gabriel Baldwin

6th Grade Math- Team Bears

Walk-Up/Theme Song: "Im the Man" by I U 1 D C

Interesting Facts: 

Mr. Baldwin is in his 5th year teaching at Donna Shepard. He recently got a job in AISD as an Assistant Principal. He has been a strong force on our campus and his presence will be dearly missed. While at DSLA, Mr. Baldwin was a Math Lead and loved to scare his co-workers. 

We love you Mr. Baldwin for everything you are and what you did for our school! We wish you the best on your new adventure as an Assistant Principal! 


Francis Sanchez

Intervention & ESL Specialist

Walk-Up/Theme Song: "Run the World" by Beyonce

3 Interesting Facts: 

Mrs. Sanchez is in her 3rd year teaching at Donna Shepard.  Some interesting tidbits about her are...

  1. She loves to learn new things.
  2. She loves all movies except for horror movies.
  3. She loves the beach.

We love you Ms. Sanchez for everything you are and what you do for our school! 

Sherry Tipton

6th Grade ELAR- Team Red Raiders

Walk-Up/Theme Song: "God Bless the USA" by Lee Greenwood

3 Interesting Facts: 

Mrs. Tipton is in her 14th year teaching at Donna Shepard.  Some interesting tidbits about her are...

  1. She loves driving her big red tractor and working outside at her farm! 
  2. She is a Gramma to twins
  3. She raised 27 baby chicks this summer

We love you Mrs. Tipton for everything you are and what you do for our school! 

Jodie Alford

5th Grade ELAR- Team Owls

Walk-Up/Theme Song: "Dream On" by Aerosmith

3 Interesting Facts: 

Ms. Alford is in her second year teaching at Donna Shepard.  Some interesting tidbits about Ms. Alford are that one-day last summer she decided to take up the alto saxophone.  She practiced playing for two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening and she loved it!  Also, for 6 years, she showed 1,000-pound beef cattle at the local fair. When she was 10, her favorite cow, Big Red, got spooked and drug her around the arena until she finally let go. Definitely not one of her better days.  Lastly, from 2005 to 2008, she lived on the sunny island of Nassau, Bahamas, and still keeps in touch with many of the people she met there.  An interesting fact about Nassau is that the island is only 21 miles long! 

We salute you Ms. Alford and thank you for being such a positive part of our campus and for all you do for our students and school!

Bonnie Brewer

5th Grade ELAR- Team Rams

Walk-Up/Theme Song: "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor

3 Interesting Facts: 

  1. I have 3 children 
  2. I'm from North Carolina 
  3. I love the beach!

Thank you for all that you do, Mrs. Brewer! We love you! 

Lisa Sharp 

AC Teacher 

Walk-Up/Theme Song: "Just for Me" by Kirk Franklin

3 Interesting Facts: 

  1. I have a heart for people.
  2. I don't focus on small matters.
  3. I try to help all that I can.

Thank you for all that you do, Ms. Sharp! We love you! 

Jaime Canright 

Reading Specialist 

Walk-Up/Theme Song: "Don't Worry Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin

3 Interesting Facts: 

  1. I play soccer. 
  2. I have 2 chickens & 2 rabbits and a cat
  3. I like to ride dirtbikes and kayak for fun.


Dale Worley

5th Grade Science- Team Rams

3 Interesting Facts: 

  1. I own over 120 board games.
  2. I am retired from the U.S. Army.
  3. I play the ukulele poorly but with heart.


Celina Ramirez 

5th Grade ELAR- Bilingual- Team Bobcats

Walk-Up/Theme Song: "Let's Get The Party Started" by Pitbull

3 Interesting Facts: 

  1. I have swum with the sharks.
  2. I have won a 1000$ at a bingo game.
  3. I do not drink coffee. 


Rocio Montoya

6th Grade Science- Bilingual- Team Red Raiders

Walk-Up/Theme Song: "We Will Rock You" by Queen

3 Interesting Facts: 

  1. I grew up on a farm in Mexico with cows, sheep, chickens, pigs, horses.
  2. I love sushi, raw salmon.
  3. I am saving money to go to Alaska to see the Northern Lights soon!