Billy Thompson Vandeventer taught for 29 years total, 26 of those in FISD, before retiring in 2003. A graduate of Frisco High and valedictorian of her class in 1961, Vandeventer obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Texas before beginning her teaching career in Carrollton- Farmers Branch. In FISD she taught fourth grade at Acker and Rogers for 16 years and math at Frisco Middle School and Staley Middle School for 10 years. Because of her skill and compassion, she was a coveted teacher in FISD – there was mutual respect and admiration between Billy and her students, parents and colleagues. Former colleague Janice Scott states that Billy was gifted in capturing her students’ interest and attention and in making her teaching relevant to their lives. She also invested in the whole child, showing that she cared about them individually and helped them find success both academically and emotionally. Her passion and talent for teaching and cultivating a love of learning has kept her in the hearts and minds of former students and colleagues. Her husband, Larkin, also graduated from Frisco High, as did their daughters, Jennifer and Elizabeth.