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
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
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
- Foreign travel with students to Spain, Mexico and Costa Rica
Interpreter in mission trips with Asbury Methodist to Chihuahua, MexicoDenton Community Health Clinic-Board Chairman 2012-2014