Teacher of the Year: Dunn's teaching tailor-made at Richbourg

anita dunn teacher of the year TOTY

As teacher’s aide Heather Carmical, left, helps Keely White with a counting lesson, Anita Dunn assists Alex Barr back to his seat.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 18:21 PM.

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series on North Okaloosa County Teachers of the Year.

CRESTVIEW — A sign on Anita Dunn's classroom door lets visitors know the students inside are pretty special — and really loved.

"Dunn's Doves" are five kindergarten through second-grade-aged students at Richbourg Exceptional Student Education School.

"But that's chronological age," Dunn said, explaining each student functions at his or her own level.

 "They're all so different," Dunn said. "Some are verbal, some non-verbal, some autistic, some Down syndrome, and one who reads at grade level."

Teaching students of diverse abilities takes getting to know each student and shaping an appropriate course of study for him or her, Dunn said.

"It's a progressive monitoring, just like any other student, but on their level," she said.



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