Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Dawn Simpler
My husband, Jimmy, and I graduated from Southwest High School in 1969 (the first graduating class). I received a BS in Elementary Education with a Special Education endorsement from TCU in 1974 while Jimmy attended the Plumbing Apprenticeship Program in Ft. Worth for five years. I received a Master’s degree in Special Education and Supervision in 1980 from Texas Women’s University. I completed the coursework for a Diagnostician Certification in 1995 from University of North Texas.
My first teaching job was at Shady Oaks School (a private school) in Ft. Worth from November 1973 to May 1974. I began teaching in Ft. Worth ISD in August, 1974 at Arlington Hts. Elementary (now Brooklyn Hts) and taught in various special education programs ( resource, self-contained class for students with Emotional Disturbance, Content Mastery, Co-Teach - now referred to as Inclusion and a pilot program at Monnig Middle School, the Center for Academic Recovery, from 1974 to 1996.
In August, 1996, I was hired as an Educational Diagnostician for Eagle Mountain/Saginaw ISD and at first worked for four years at Boswell High School, and then worked at other schools: Watson Learning Center, the Alternative Discipline Center, Saginaw Elementary, Eagle Mountain Elementary, Elkins Elementary, and Remington Point Elementary until 2003 when I retired to care for my mother and disabled brother after my dad passed away. A few years later, I took a temporary job in Marble Falls ISD substituting for a diagnostician that was off work on medical leave. I lived at our lake house (which we sold in 2009) in Kingsland, TX for two years and saw my family in Ft.Worth on weekends. Since I retired at a young age of 53, I was able to care for my parents, my mother-in-Law, and my disabled brother, and keep our new grandson two days a week while his mom taught school. I returned to FWISD after retirement, and rehired as a part-time diagnostician at Westpark Elementary on November 7, 2011. In the Fall of 2017, I began working full time because of the sudden increase in the student population at Westpark. I love being a Westpark Wildcat.
My husband and I met in 1968 at Southwest High School, began dating in January, 1970, and married on December 21, 1972. Jimmy works for Freer Mechanical Contractors at the Texas Health/Harris Methodist Hospital as a Master Plumbing Supervisor.
We have two grown sons, Jimmy, Jr. and Russell who both live within an hour’s drive. Jimmy, Jr. is a plumber at TCU and is going to college to earn a degree in Bio-Medical Engineering. Russell graduated from Tarleton University in Stephenville with a degree in landscaping and horticulture and is co-owner of Smith Lawn and Tree with offices in Handley and North Dallas. We have three grandsons, Jake (10), Bryce (8), and Miles (5). They all attend Colleyville Elementary School.
Jimmy and I live south of Benbrook on a little over an acre in a 1960’s Ranch Style house. We love being outdoors, boating in our vintage Century boat and enjoying the old family beach house in the Florida panhandle (although Jimmy works on the house whenever he is there). I love flower gardening when it’s not hot, and playing with and loving our Italian Greyhound, Dixiedawg. I also love to read historical fiction and old books ( pre 1960s ).