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
Theresa Francis Principal

Theresa Francis, Principal

Theresa Francis, the principal, has been at Notre Dame School for 28 years.
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Carmen Fernandez

Carmen Fernandez, Job Development Coordinator

Carmen Fernandez is the Upper School and Job development coordinator. She 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.

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.

Marilyn Burns, Librarian