Lakendra Simon - Principal
I am very humbled and honored to introduce myself as the new principal of Duncanville High School Collegiate Academy, and to join this excellent school community. I can assure you I share in this school community’s dedication to ignite passion, captivate interest and elevate growth mindsets.
The 2021-22 school year will mark my 17th year in education. Prior to becoming principal, my leadership experiences included assistant principal, collegiate academy administrator, and discipline and truancy specialist in neighboring districts. I also have 9 years of classroom teaching experience. I pride myself in being a native of Dallas; Therefore, my educational experiences remained close to home. My educational background includes a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Texas, and a Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington.
I am blessed to be the mother of an amazing young man. My educational philosophy is based on my uncompromising expectation and belief that our children will excel, given a positive learning environment, strong and knowledgeable leadership, a committed and focused educational team, an encouraging community, and a supportive family.
It is my privilege to lead DHS Collegiate Academy and the many talented teachers and scholars here! My goal is to continue to provide a supportive climate and culture at DHS Collegiate Academy that is conducive to teaching and learning. By doing so, each individual student and teacher can experience growth to their highest potential. I look forward to interacting with all stakeholders in our school community and welcome your conversation and input! Let us keep our students the primary focus of our work. I can’t wait to celebrate our collective successes during the 2021-22 school year.
Brandi Lee - Academic Dean
I am honored to lead and serve you this year as Academic Dean of Duncanville High School Collegiate Academy. Duncanville has been a part of my family for many years. I am a wife, mother and actively involved in my community.
As a Dallas native, I earned a Bachelor Degree from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas and Master Degree from Dallas Baptist University. With 15 years of experience in Duncanville ISD in school counseling and campus leadership combined, I understand and value the need for academic, social and emotional partnership between home and the school community. I believe learning is a continuous process, occurring both in the classroom and in our communities. Providing our scholars with unlimited learning experiences while supporting their social and emotional needs ensures we are holistically growing and enriching each individual scholar.
I am passionate about providing a high level of support and committed to building positive relationships. Together we will Ignite Passion, Captivate Interest and Elevate Mindsets to ensure our scholars are well prepared with the necessary skills needed to contribute to the global society and write their next chapter successfully.
Karima Powers - Counselor
This is my 2nd year at Duncanville High School Collegiate Academy, as a School Counselor and my 11th year in Education. I obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston and a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Texas Southern University in 2006. I have served in various capacities in education; a Special Education Teacher, AP Psychology Teacher and English Teacher. I have also served as a Transition Specialist and a Reading Instructional Coach before settling in as a School Counselor, which is my desired position and personal passion.
My goal is to provide all students with assistance to achieve academically, socially and vocationally in order to be productive citizens in a 21st century society. It is a collaborative effort that includes the support of students, parents, faculty, staff, and community stakeholders. Excellence Every Way, Every Day is my practice, and working with Students and Families is my Passion!