CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION
Daphne Rickard has been an educator for 14 years, with 10 years of experience at the secondary level and 4 years of experience at the post-secondary level. She was a founding teacher of Dubiski Career High School, where she helped establish the Health Science program. In 2012, Daphne moved to Irving ISD where she coordinated the start-up of and led the Biomedical Sciences Academy at Irving High School. She came to Fort Worth ISD in 2017 to join the Career and Technical Education Department as the Public Services Coordinator and was appointed as the Executive Director of Career and Technical Education in May 2019.
Daphne served as a Texas HOSA Board Member from 2014 to 2017, where she worked to increase CTSO opportunities for students interested in Health Professions. She was also a member of the National Human Genome Research Institutes Genomic Literacy Education and Engagement Initiative from 2016 to 2019. As a K-16 Working Group Member of this national initiative, Daphne helped define the needs for moving genomic literary forward in K-16 education.
Throughout her tenure in education, Daphne has worked to build programs that provide real-world learning opportunities for all students. As a member of the Department of Innovation, she is working to expand the existing Career and Technical Education opportunities within the district. The future workforce of the Fort Worth community currently attends Fort Worth ISD schools and it is the role of Career and Technical Education to provide quality programming that prepares all students for success in their future careers.