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

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 06:21 PM.

Some of her students respond to tactile stimuli; others learn through visual aids or physical interaction, she said.

"It's all ways of learning," Dunn said. "They absorb information in so many different ways."

Dunn, a special education instructor of 35 years, has taught at every school level in both district-wide and state-level schools. Fellow teachers at Richbourg selected her as the school's Teacher of the Year.

Richbourg Principal Barry Blackburn praised Dunn's dedication to her students.

"She has a great heart for her kids," he said. "She develops individual curricula for each of her students."

Opening Richbourg ESE in Crestview has been "a blessing" to north county families, Dunn said. Previously, students spent hours each day riding a bus to Silver Sands School in Fort Walton Beach.

Keeping students in the familiar surroundings of their own community is beneficial, particularly as they age, Dunn said.

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