2020 Honorees

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Coach Lonnie Teagle a native of Houston, TX has lived and served in the Denton community for the last 15 years. He will be starting his 15th year in education this upcoming school year. Lonnie began his career at Hawk Elementary in the extended school day program, then went on to teach and coach at McMath Middle School, DHS, Coppell High School, and is now the current Offensive Coordinator at Ryan High School. Coach Teagle earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Alcorn State University where he played football. He earned his Master of Arts in Teaching from TWU.

Lonnie and his wife Tiffany are members of Latter House Glory Tabernacle Church located in Denton TX. They have four children – David (12), Victorya (11), Lauryn (3), and Nayomi (2). 
Paul Jackson, Jr. grew up in Tyler, Texas. In high school, Paul turned his focus to academics, basketball and music. However, he realized he had a special love and a gift for the game of basketball.
After graduating from high school, Paul attended Wiley College for a year and then transferred to Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) on a partial music scholarship. Although Paul studied hard, attended a local church, played the double bass in SFA’s orchestra, worked part-time and volunteered at an elementary school, he realized that he had a void in his life. The void was basketball.
With this in mind, Paul tried out for the SFA Lumberjack basketball team. He was accepted onto the team and began playing the power forward and center positions. During his time as a Lumberjack, Paul realized that although he was 6’6″ he needed to be comfortable with the ball anywhere on the court. So he worked harder to improve his skills. His efforts paid off when he earned a full basketball scholarship his senior year, which enabled him to quit his part-time job and fully dedicate himself to academics and basketball. Paul graduated from SFA in 1996 with a BBA in Business.
Since then, Paul has been living in the Denton area and coaching basketball.
Shanice Ready is a former college athlete and has coached in the club, high school and college ranks for the past 26 years. She graduated and played for Oklahoma State University. Shortly after graduating, she became a coach for Rice University, and went on to work at Clemson, UNT and Jackson State. She is currently focusing on helping more youth in the community to participate in the game of basketball at cost. Shanice and her husband, Derial Lyle Ready, Jr, have combined forces to use basketball to be a positive force in many kids lives. She is currently the Category Manager for Basketball with BSN Sports.  The Ready’s are raising three amazing children (Sydney, Lauryn, Grayson) to become amazing citizens and beacons of light in the community.
Mr. James “Buddy” Parks was born in Denton, Tx on March 19, 1979 to James and Doris Parks. He started playing several sports at a young age including football, basketball, and baseball. Although he played three different sports his love for basketball outweighed all the others. The skills he possessed  stood to be in the forefront which allowed him to be a critical player on the  team in high school. His skills spoke for themselves which earned him a position on the varsity team as just a sophomore. In 1998 he became the captain of the Ryan Raiders Varsity Basketball team where he continued to excel on the court and display his leadership skills. Not only did Buddy lead on the court, but he also led in PALS. After high school, he attended Midland College where he was able to walk onto the basketball team there led by Pat Rafferty. There he continued to work hard, develop his craft, and perfect his skills even more. After returning home, he wanted to find a way to give back to the community in which he grew up in. In 2002, he started coaching with the Denton Youth Football League, with the help of Bryon Moss, where he was able to lead two of his teams the Chiefs and the Cowboys both to the city championship where they won. So in the fall of 2002, he decided to coach Denton Youth Basketball League, with the help of Willie Moss,  where he led his team The Lady Nicks to back to back city championships. After 3 years of coaching with the Denton Youth leagues he began to branch out to a AAU which is a more competitive league. Within that league he coached several teams including his own personal team ABC, Plano Lady Hotshots, and Supreme to victory winning multiple tournaments. In 2006, he saw a need to help young athletes develop fundamental skills to help them excel on the court. So he started to train both individuals and teams to improve these skills on a greater level. Between 2009 to 2015 he had the opportunity to coach DFW Elite which was a Nike sponsored team. Being a coach makes him happy and it allows me to not only give back to the community, but to build relationships within the community. Knowing that you are having an impact on a young athlete by doing something that you love doing keeps a smile on my face. One of my greatest accomplishments has been knowing that I have had over 100 players get scholarships to go off to college. Coaching makes me happy and its what I do to give back to my community.
He is the coach of the Spartans Football Team in Denton, Texas. He is concerned about mentoring and positively influencing young men interested in playing football.
Fred Norris
41 years old
18 yrs. in teaching and coaching
15 yrs. in Denton ISD( 2 yrs. Crownover, 13 yrs. Guyer)
Married with 3 kids
Love the Dallas Cowboys and fishing
I love working in this community, we have great young men and women. I am just helping them reach their full potential.
Coach James Vivian is an educator and woodwinds specialist. He graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. He also attended Wichita State University and studied Music Education. In his spare time, he coaches basketball and soccer as well as leads private skills. For several years, he devoted his time to serving as a basketball coach in the MLK Jr. Rec Center Basketball League as well as the City of Denton Basketball League.
Coach Vivian teaches his students the value of team sports and giving 100 percent on and off the court. He believes in good sportsmanship and understands that youth walk onto the court with various skill levels and as a coach he must challenge each one to get better. He loves giving back to young people. His team affectionately refers to him as Coach V. He is a devoted husband and proud God-father.

Grand Marshall


Clifton Maxfield is from Springtown, Arkansas. He is the father of two daughters and a proud grandfather. 

He purchased People’s Funeral Home in February 2007 and is the owner and general manager.  He was educated at the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. Mr. Maxfield is the President and General Manager of Ace Three, Inc. which is an aggressive company that pursues excellence and the highest level of professionalism in the Death Care Industry and is ready to meet the changing challenges of the twenty-first century 

Also, he is the operator of Maxfield’s Gift to Life Corporation, Inc. Committed to helping others overcome the challenges they face in life. He offers workshops that teach coping mechanisms to deal with issues such as depression, anxiety, etc. Clifton Maxfield’s commitment to the City of Denton and its citizens has amazing. 

Mr. & Mrs. Juneteenth


Toni Johnson-Simpson is a native of Denton and a graduate of Texas Woman’s University Social Work Program (BSW) and Texas A & M Commerce University (MSW). Since 2005 she has served as Executive Director of Denton County Friends of the Family.  Friends of the Family is the sole provider of emergency shelter and free counseling to victims of relationship violence and sexual assault. Felton Simpson is a native of Lubbock, veteran of 14 years of service to the U.S. Army. Felton is currently a firefighter and police officer with DFW International Airport. Felton is an avid reader, knowledge seeker, who loves to cook, build and create things and all around “can do everything” type of person. 

The Simpsons have been together nearly 20 years and have been residents in Denton County for 15 years. They are former members of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and new members of New Life Community Church, Frisco.  They are parents of three children, Ebonie (who lives in New York City) and twins, Justin and Jaydah, who are juniors at Braswell High School.Toni & Felton are dedicated to the community and specifically to the strengthening of the African-American community.  They both whole heartedly believe in the quote of President Barack Obama “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

Ms. Community Service


“To whom much is given, much is required!” That is what my mother would say to me all the time when I felt as though I was “doing” more than my siblings! I eventually realized the meaning of her statement as I strive to give back my time, talents and treasures to the community in which I live. This is the legacy I wish to leave my children and my grandchildren!

Dorothy Hughes Watts is known as a genuine educator! She knew from an early age what she wanted to be and what she wanted to do-teach and work with children. Though she took an alternate path to get to the elementary classroom, she would not change one road or obstacle!

Ms. Watts was born on January 8, 1950 in Texarkana, TX. She was the fourth child of Fannie B. & Marvin Hughes. When she completed her public-school education in 1968, she attended Texarkana Jr. College for one year, then came to Denton, TX to attend North Texas State University, now UNT. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Dec 1971; then, her first Master’s Degree from TWU in 1978. This higher education degree in Early Childhood Education, with an emphasis on teaching talented children, helped to move her closer to her calling.

After 24 years in the general education classroom, in 1995, Dorothy became the first African American teacher in Denton ISD to teach Gifted and Talented students. Although her Master’s degree in 1978 more than prepared her for this position, she never gave up on her plans! 

Facing challenges was nothing new to Dorothy as a result of growing up in the segregated town of Texarkana and attending a predominately white university. It only fueled the fire of always striving for success. In 1997 as a divorcee, Ms. Watts realized that she needed to increase her income because she had two children in college, so she decided to pursue school counseling. 

In 1998, she became a counselor at Denton High School. She was granted an emergency certification in counseling, finishing the requirements in three years. After 6 years at DHS, Ms. Watts retired as Lead Counselor in June 2004. Even after retirement, she completed her second Master’s Degree in Guidance & Counseling in December 2004.  

Since that time, Ms. Dorothy Watts has worked at Texas Woman’s University as a student teacher supervisor; volunteered weekly at a local elementary campus as a member of the Campus Leadership Team; and as a Mentor with the CIS (Communities in Schools) Program thru the close of school in March 2020! She is also the Chair of a Non-Profit 501 (C) 3 organization serving Denton County. Ms. Watts is also a 50 year member of the service sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Ms. Dorothy Watts was blessed with her greatest treasures with the birth of her two “students” children, Nikol and Terrance. She proclaims triple blessings with her three grandchildren, Terrance II, Bryce & Julia. They all have learned, through her commitment to church, family and community service, the meaning of “To whom much is given, much is required!”  

Thank you for the recognition of “Ms. Community Service” 2020! It is an accolade I will treasure. To God be the Glory!   

Mr. Community Service

Dr. Marquis Nuby

Dr. Marquis Nuby started Nuby Pediatrics in 2006 to make a difference in the lives of local children from all walks of life. ” My goal is to develop long-term, healthy relationships with children and their families, and give every encounter with them my very best effort.”   

He was inspired to pursue medicine while obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry at Whitworth University (where he also lettered in varsity basketball), in Spokane Washington. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine from Weill Medical College of Cornell University, in New York City. He completed a transitional surgery internship at Howard University Hospital, in Washington DC. He proudly served as a Captain in the United States Air Force as a general practice physician. During that time, Pediatrics became the clear choice of profession, when he realized how much he loved children. He completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, in Houston Texas. He was a Clinical Scholar in Community Pediatrics at the University of San Francisco- Fresno Residency Program, in Fresno California. At which point, he realized he missed Texas and came to Denton, and has been serving local children ever since.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP). He is the proud father of two great children, enjoys jazz, sports and martial arts.