Della Washington Learning Center

dellaMs. Della Washington grew up in the Marshall area as a student at Karnack Elementary and a graduate of Pemberton High School. She achieved a Bachelor’s Degree from Wiley College in 1959 and earned a Master’s from Prairie View A&M in 1975.

She began her teaching career in Arkansas at Helena-West ISD for one year before returning closer to home to teach in Jefferson ISD for two years. Entering her fourth year as an educator, Miss Della joined Marshall schools as a teacher at Dogan Elementary and began a journey of touching the lives of countless Marshall students that reached 55 years and counting as of the opening of the Legacy 2017 schools.

As Marshall schools were desegregated, Miss Della moved from Dogan to what would become her permanent home at South Marshall Elementary, where she taught continuously for 47 years (1962-2008) and then returned in 2012 following a brief retirement to continue her service as a local educator.

In total, with the opening of Marshall’s new schools in 2017, Miss Della had taught a total of 57 years – with 54 of those years coming in Marshall, 52 of which were at South Marshall – and counting as a member of the faculty of the new Sam Houston Elementary.

Patience, understanding and determination were anchors of Miss Della’s classroom, and her self-stated teaching philosophy “requires me to do whatever is necessary to help my students achieve and become successful in society.”

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