Sitting in her living room, Joan Accardi gazes into the distance. Across from her are numerous books on shelves, standing firm on their spines â€” none thick enough to tell her story.
Accardi, 65, a Dallas native, is principal of Monterey Elementary School, 910 W. Gayle St. For 25 years, she has studied education, loved kids and lived her passion.
â€œI have two passions,â€ Accardi said. â€œAnd thatâ€™s teachers and children. The most rewarding thing is to see their growth and success. I love working with teachers … the teachers are there for the children.â€
Growing up in a racially-divided Dallas, Accardi started off her life like many of the children she has encountered during her career â€” troubled. With two working parents in the home, she ran into many bumps in the road. However, during her youth she made contact with a â€œsaint,â€ whom she credits for her path to salvation.
â€œI truly believe that the reason that I became a Christian was because my mother and dad both worked and they hired a maid to take care of Login to read more