The Notre Dame School of Dallas

Our Mission

Notre Dame School educates students with intellectual disabilities and facilitates their integration into society.

For fifty years this mission statement has guided the Notre Dame School as it has served as a unique educational resource in Dallas. The school is the only school exclusively devoted to educating students with intellectual disabilities. The school’s individualized curriculum insures that each child’s needs are met in a caring and appropriate way.

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Featured Faculty & Staff
Joshua Fernandez

Joshua Fernandez, Instructor – Intermediate

Joshua  Fernandez  is a teacher in the Intermediate department teaching Daily Living Skills for the past 4 years. I am a certified Special Education teacher and I graduated from UNT with a BA in Sociology/Psychology. I feel very blessed to be a part of the Notre Dame ministry.

Debie Smith

Debie Smith, Instructor – Bridges

Debie Smith has an Associate’s Degree in Asian Studies from the University of Maryland Far East Division Okinawa Japan; a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from the University of Texas at Dallas; a Master’s Degree in Theatre Arts from Texas Woman’s University and completed the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program at Texas Woman’s University. Debie is very active with the Special Olympics program here at Notre
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Kaylynn Eckler

Kaylynn Eckler, Instructor – Intermediate

Kaylynn Eckler (Mrs. E), is a teacher in the Intermediate program with a focus on Language Arts and Reading. She has been teaching at Notre Dame School for 10 years. Mrs. E also graduated Cum Laude with Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas and earned her teaching certification through the Region 10 Teacher Preparation and Certification Program.

Linda Davis, Instructor – Primary

Linda Davis is the Primary teacher at Notre Dame School.  She has been teaching at Notre Dame School for 26 years.  Mrs. Davis holds a BS in education from North Texas State University, and a certification in Special Education from Texas Women’s University.