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
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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Mary Barber

Mary Barber, Instructor – Intermediate

Mary Barber is a teacher in the Intermediate department with a focus on science and social studies. She is also the lower school coordinator. She has been teaching at Notre Dame School for 14 years. Mrs. Barber holds a BS in Design from the University of Texas at Austin.

Carmen Fernandez

Carmen Fernandez, Assistant Principal

Carmen Fernandez is the Assistant Principal and has been teaching at Notre Dame School for 23 years. Ms. Carmen is certified in Special Education EC -12 and holds a Master’s degree in Christian Counseling from Amberton University and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of North Texas.

Marilyn Burns, Librarian