• Mrs. Darla Jordan
    Hello!  My name is Darla Jordan and I teach Prekindergarten at Kidwell Elementary in Iowa Park, Texas.  As a lifelong resident of Iowa Park, I consider our school district to be among the best, if not THE best in the state of Texas!  I am the daughter of two Iowa Park High School graduates, a graduate of IPHS myself, and the mother of an IPHS graduate.  Yes, my roots are deeply planted in Iowa Park and I am very proud of that fact. 
    I have worked at Kidwell since 1993, working my way up from crossing guard and cafeteria monitor, to Prekindergarten aide and, after graduating from Midwestern State University in 2006, I am now teaching Pre-K!  I can honestly say I LOVE my job.  I would encourage any one who has a desire to further their education, no matter what their age, go back to school!  It is definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made.  I have a great aunt who lives in Breckenridge who was a school teacher for many years.  Growing up, I thought, and still think, that she was one of the most amazing women ever.  She is part of what inspired me to become a teacher. 
    My husband graduated from Vernon College with a degree in Computer science after working at Certainteed for 16 years. He is now the district manager for Alsco, Inc.  I have come to the conclusion, he is the most patient man in the world!  He gave me the confidence to go back to school as a non-traditional student to finish my degree. 
    My daughter is 32, married, and is an RN at URHCS. As she was growing up, I promised her that I would start back to college when she graduated from high school.  She held me to that promise!  Her husband works for WTJ Railroad.  They are the parents of the two most amazing little boys in the world, my grandsons, Mason, who will be 6 in September and Ty, who is 18 months old.  They are the lights of my life! 
    We don't like to use the word "stepson" in our family---instead, I became the mother of a "bonus son" when I married my husband. My "bonus" son is 24 and lives in New York .     I was a single parent for several years and I know, and understand, the challenges that so many young families face today.  I feel that teachers of today have many things to consider when working with children.  Each child is unique and as teachers, we must create unique ways to reach and teach each one. 
    The best teachers teach for the outcome...not the income!