Dudley alumni talk about their memories

Amanda Harris Stiger

Age: 28

Years attended: 1991-96

Occupation: High School English teacher, Katy ISD

Alma mater: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Memory:

"I used to love when they would have Global Day. That was when all the different cultures would come, and we would taste foods from each one. The culture at Dudley was predominately African-American and Hispanic, so it was nice to experience different flavors. One of the teachers I remember the most was Ms. Edwards in fourth grade. She was one of those out-of-the-box teachers. She drove a beetle car and loved frogs. She was a firm teacher; you knew how far you could go before pushing your limits."

Sarah Hernandez

Age: 22

Years attended: 1995-2002

Currently: Hernandez is a Texas State University senior majoring in early childhood education

Memory:

"There was this big globe you got to crawl into to learn about the different constellations. We also had a really great reading program. Every morning, we went to different classes and read for an hour. I'm now one of the few people in my group of friends that can read a book in a day. We also took a really cool field trip to NASA and another to a cemetery where we put paper over different gravestones and traced them. It was really cool."

Ashley Green

Age: 27

Years attended: 1992-97

Occupation: Bond coordinator, State Comptroller's Office

Alma mater: Concordia University

Memory:

"We had Global Day where each grade level would pick a country, and then you'd have to write a paper about that place. It reiterated the global technology basis of what Dudley was about. I was a part of Young Astronauts. We had this huge space shuttle school bus come to campus, and we rode it around during lunch."

Debbie Ramirez

Age: 35

Occupation: Volunteer coordinator and recruiter, CASA

Years attended: 1985-89

Memory:

"I remember the teachers being really great. My mother passed away when I was really little. I don't know if it was because they knew about the situation, but they were very warm and nurturing. They made sure to give me extra attention. My kids have all gone through Dudley. I moved back into Silver City just so my kids could go to that school. I really love Dudley. Josie Rivera and Ms. Flores were some of my favorite teachers at the school."