From an early age, Ms. Paula Lewis demonstrated compassion, skill, and perseverance in all aspects of her life. She graduated from Dumas High School in the top ten of her class in 1968, was a member of the National Honor Society, and graduate from Texas Women’s University while routinely residing on the Dean’s List for academic excellence. After college, Paula accepted her first job as a nurse at the Veteran’s Hospital in Dallas, Texas. The experience of working with top-notch doctors and story-filled veterans greatly impacted Ms. Lewis and her career trajectory. From Dallas’ VA Hospital, she took up residence at MD Anderson in Houston working with some of the best hospital staff in the world. In 1975, Paula moved to Dumas and benefited North West Hospital’s NICU unit in Amarillo with her experience and kindheartedness. But in 1979, she became Dumas ISD’s school nurse and started a legacy which is continuing to this day.
Ms. Lewis began her Dumas school nursing career by splitting her time between Morningside, Sunset and the high school. She later held down office hours at the junior high and high school before being promoted to the nursing coordinator in 2007. Among her many roles for the district, Ms. Lewis took pride in offering any assistance available to students, teachers, or parents. These duties consisted of home visits, vision and hearing screenings, and posting apt health records. Her time in some of the world’s best hospitals clearly impacted her approach to facilitating her Dumas community. Ms. Paula Lewis retired from Dumas ISD in 2012 after 32 years of dedicated service to be closer to her daughter and two grandchildren, but the brief time she was a member of the Dumas community is a time which will be cherished and remembered for a very long time.