A memory submitted by Lisa Dupree, Class of 1989

Dr. William Pulte was a huge inspiration to me.

I studied at SMU originally to obtain my Bilingual/ESL certification in 1987. After studying with Dr. Pulte that summer, he encouraged me to apply for a scholarship to get a master’s degree at SMU beginning in the fall. I had never considered a higher degree. I applied and was accepted. What a great opportunity that was! I received my degree and expanded my education and career. Dr. Pulte was such an encourager. One semester was so hard! I was working full time as a public school teacher and taking 9 hours on campus. Dr. Pulte always encouraged me to stay with the program and finish. I went on to become a true lifelong learner and getting my principal’s certification and Master Reading Teacher Certification. Dr. Pulte has remained a valued mentor throughout the years!

Thank you, Dr. Pulte for making a difference in my and my student’s lives!