Mr. Don Place

Phone: 940-369-2153


Degrees and Certifications:

Bacherlor of Arts, University of North Texas Life-time Secondary Certifications: Spanish, Government IB Spanish SL, Level 3 Certification

Mr. Don Place

Señor Place


Conference periods:  3A and 4B
Note: Syllabus may be found in Google Classroom. Only students will have access to them. Please ask your student to let you view and  print syllabus. 
Tutoring hours: Monday 4:15-5:00 p.m., Wednesday & Friday 8:10 - 8:40 a.m. 


AP Spanish Language and Culture and IB Spanish Standard Level Teacher



Born and raised in Managua, Nicaragua, land of the great modernist poet Rubén Darío, Señor Place is a native speaker of Spanish.

1989-2001 AP Spanish Teacher and Department Chair at McKinney H.S.

2002-Present AP and IB Spanish Teacher at Denton High School

International Travel with Students to Mexico, Costa Rica and Spain. 

Teaching Philosophy:

My task as a language teacher as that of a facilitator for students to expand their world.  Federico Fellini once said: " Una lingua diversa e una visione diversa della vita."  "Una lengua distinta es otra visión de la vida"  or "A new and different language is another vision of life" Some of my students will go on to use their language skills in their careers.  Others will have an appreciation of the culture and people who speak Spanish and will use their skills to travel and make long-lasting friendships. Whichever way my students use their skills, they will have new doors open to them, and I will have been privileged to have taken a part in their development.


  • 1998 McKinney ISD Excellence in Teaching Award, Secondary Teacher of the Year
  • 2003-2017 AP Spanish Language Examination Reader
  • 2015 Denton High School Teacher of the Year

Personal Information

  • Foreign travel with students to Spain, Mexico and Costa Rica
  • Interpreter in mission trips with Asbury Methodist to Chihuahua, Mexico
    Denton Community Health Clinic-Board Chairman 2012-2014
Last Modified on August 14, 2018