Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall


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David J. Chard assumed the academic and administrative leadership role of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development in the fall of 2007.

Chard has a B.S. in mathematics and chemistry education from Central Michigan University and earned a Ph.D. in special education at the University of Oregon in 1995. He was drawn to the field of special education while teaching mathematics and chemistry for nearly 10 years in high school classrooms, where he frequently encountered students who struggled with math and science concepts resulting from difficulties with reading, language and vocabulary development. Because of these experiences, Chard focused his subsequent scholarship and research on the role of instruction in the development of basic literacy and numeracy skills for students with learning disabilities or those at risk for school failure.

Opportunities To Give

SMU invites you to make a gift in support of the construction of Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall. Donors have a special opportunity to honor teachers, counselors and other educators who have inspired them by naming a room or area in their honor.

Donors who give to the project will be recognized in various ways, including recognition for gifts made in honor of an educator.

For more information or to make a gift to the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, please call Patricia Addington, director of development, at 214-768-4844 or e-mail