Principal's Corner

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Mr. Metric Manning
DeSoto West Middle School Principal

A 1996 DeSoto ISD graduate, Metric Manning’s educational journey began his senior year in high school where he caught the bus to downtown Dallas every day after school to teach Dallas CAN students graphic arts through a non-profit program. As a freshman at Texas A&M University, Manning became one of the first students in the country to be a part of a work-study program called America Reads. During his time at Texas A&M, Manning became a member and served at the executive level of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., MSC Town Hall, Southern Black Student Leadership Conference (SBSLC), and the Student Government Association (SGA). 

After graduating college, Manning worked in the non-profit sector serving as a staff member, board member, and consultant. Returning to his work as an educator following his early experiences with Dallas CAN, Manning returned to education as a substitute teacher in DeSoto ISD before becoming a paraprofessional, teacher, mentor, and master teacher.

To deepen his training and leadership development following a 12-year career in education, Manning joined the Texas Tech Principal Fellowship and most recently served as an assistant principal. Manning holds three Master's degrees-- two from Dallas Theological Seminary in Biblical Studies and Christian Education, and one in Educational Leadership from Texas Tech University.