On Monday, December 16, at their regularly scheduled meeting, the Rockwall ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name the district’s 15th elementary school after Sherry and Paul Hamm. Mr. and Mrs. Hamm served in public education for 59 years, combined, with 52 of those years in Rockwall ISD.
Throughout her 24 years in Rockwall ISD, Sherry Hamm served as a teacher at Dobbs Elementary where she made an indelible impression on the lives of countless Rockwall County students and, to this day, maintains many long-standing relationships with her former students through her extensive letter and card efforts.
During his 28 years in Rockwall ISD, Paul Hamm served as a coach, teacher, bus driver, Director of Transportation and principal of Rochell Elementary and Rockwall Intermediate School, where he made a lasting impression on the lives of countless Rockwall County students.
The district’s nominating committee considered options based on community input and presented their final recommendation to the board on Monday evening. “It was a unanimous decision by the committee and was a pretty simple decision when we read the letters of support from community members,” said Chris Cuny, a Rockwall ISD Board Member. “We’re thrilled that we are honoring two individuals who have given so much to the district.”
“It is really an honor for both of us. All of our years working in Rockwall ISD were so great,” said Sherry Hamm. “The students were great. It’s great to see them now and see that I have former students who are assistant principals and teachers in the district.”
“There are so many great teachers in Rockwall ISD,” said Paul Hamm, “and to be named among all of those is quite an honor.”
Mr. and Mrs. Hamm and their immediate family were present to show their support. After the board voted to approve a resolution naming the new school, Mr. and Mrs. Hamm were presented with a plaque of the resolution to commemorate the occasion.
The Sherry and Paul Hamm Elementary School will open for students in the fall of 2020.