District to Formally Dedicate Ramsey PDC, Dec. 11
The Denton Independent School District Board of Trustees will formally dedicate at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11 the district’s existing professional development center at 1212 Bolivar Street the Dr. Curtis Ramsey Professional Development Center. The veteran educator has more than 60 years’ experience in education – with 24 of those years serving in various campus positions – classroom teacher, college professor, dean and educational consultant, internationally.
“Dr. Ramsey has been committed to providing quality professional development for educators throughout his career and always made it a point – whether it was to parents locally or legislators in Washington, D.C. – to stand up for what is right for public education,” said Board President Mia Price. “We’re very proud to name this building after Dr. Ramsey for all he has meant to the teachers and students of Denton ISD.”
Placing Dr. Ramsey’s name on the district’s facility used to house the entire curriculum and instruction department is a fitting tribute to a man who dedicated his life to championing access to a free and appropriate education across many continents.
“When I was in World War II, I realized that many of the people that I would associate with didn’t have a quality education and that was because they didn’t have quality teachers in school. I guess it was then that I made up my mind that I would prioritize teacher education and, in a sense, professional development,” said Dr. Ramsey.
Dr. Ramsey continuously demonstrated his commitment to the youth of Denton and throughout Texas. He served for 10 years on the Legislative Advisory Committee to the Texas Association of School Boards and received an award of distinguished service at the 2010 TASB and TASA state conference. He was a member of the executive committee on the North Texas Area Association of School Boards for six years.
During legislative sessions, Dr. Ramsey volunteered hundreds of hours – making numerous trips to Austin and Washington D.C. – to visit and speak to legislators about many proposed bills that had a direct impact on education, the students of Texas and the nation. Dr. Ramsey achieved the Master Trustee status from TASB in 1996.
He served as a professor in teacher education at George Peabody College at Vanderbilt University; chair of elementary education at Kent State University; and as dean of the College of Education at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. For four years, he served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor to the Palestinians at Bir Zeit University near Ramallah in the West Bank of Palestine.
Dr. Ramsey is Denton High graduate from the Class of 1943. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from North Texas State University and his doctorate from Vanderbilt University. He has also done post-doctoral work at Teachers College at Columbia University.