School spirit & history

Parsons Front Entrance

Year Opened: 2005

Motto: "Where Brilliance Begins"

Mascot: Panda

Colors: Turquoise and Yellow

Creed: "I am special, I am rare, I am smart like the Panda Bear"



Florence Parsons portrait

Florence Whyte Parsons believed that all children were entitled to a public education – especially children with special needs. In the early 1950’s, she approached GISD with a request that a class be inaugurated for children with special needs, such as her son George.

In addition to recruiting the “required” number of special needs children from the community to form a class, she also became the self appointed “bus driver” for the children. Mrs. Parsons dedicated her life to the passing on of her love to all children & community pride through her church & numerous clubs. Her life exemplified the importance of parental involvement and commitment to education. Over the years, that belief that “all children can learn” has become fundamental to Garland ISD curriculum planning. Her legacy of community involvement and her pioneering of programs in this district will forever live in the hearts and halls of our school.