Tyler Today April/May 2017 : Page 74

tylertoday education T he T hedford F amily Celebrating Three Generations of Tyler ISD Pride by Amy Pawlak Public Relations Coordinator Tyler ISD The Thedford family, owners of Don’s TV and Appliances, has called Tyler home for almost seventy years. Their love for the community is strong. Their love of Tyler ISD is even stronger as it encompasses two Thedford generations of Tyler ISD alumni and a third generation of future alumni. “There is no better community to rear a family in than Tyler, Texas,” Donnie Thedford, Robert E. Lee High School Class of 1989, said. “Both of my parents were born in Tyler and our family has a long tradition of attending Tyler ISD schools. My father, Don, attended Dixie Elementary, Boutler Middle School and graduated from John Tyler High School in 1967. My mother, Pam, attended Andy Woods Elementary and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1966. My wife, Aneysa, attended Bell Elementary, Moore Middle School and graduated from Robert E. Lee in 1987. And, I attended Clarkston Elementary, Moore and graduated from Lee in 1989.” Donnie remembers his years in Tyler ISD fondly, recalling his trip to Camp Tyler as a fifth-grader and other fun learning opportunities. Now, his own children attend Tyler ISD schools, Three Lakes Middle School and Robert E. Lee. He and Aneysa enjoy 74 APRIL / MAY 2017 watching them experience new and exciting things on a daily basis through programs such as the district’s Exceptional Advanced Placement (AP) and Gifted and Talented Programs. In 2016, forty Tyler ISD students were named AP Scholars, eight students were named AP Scholars with Honor, fourteen students received AP Scholars with Distinction and three students were honored as 2016 National AP Scholars. Through Tyler ISD’s Gifted and Talented Program, students are provided with innovative learning experiences, laying the academic foundation for college and career readiness and leadership development. “Both of our children are enrolled in Pre-AP programs at their schools and we know these academic programs rival anything in our area as far as preparing our children for college,” Donnie said.

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