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Joan Accardi: Bold, passionate advocate for teachers and children

November 27, 2010 • Local News

Sitting in her living room, Joan Accardi gazes into the distance. Across from her are numerous books on shelves, standing firm on their spines — 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.

“I have two passions,” Accardi said. “And that’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.”

Growing up in a racially-divided Dallas, Accardi started off her life like many of the children she has encountered during her career — 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 “saint,” whom she credits for her path to salvation.

“I 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

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