Teacher of the Year: Southside's Junger recognized a third time

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Southside Center teacher Pamela Junger, right, uses a tablet to teach nursery rhymes to Lynelle Bethea, 5. Junger, who teaches pre-kindergarten students with learning disabilities, is the school’s Teacher of the Year.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, May 31, 2013 at 03:01 PM.

Editor’s Note: This concludes our series on north Okaloosa County Teachers of the Year.

CRESTVIEW — Pamela Junger has wanted to help special needs children since she was a teenager.

"I saw a (TV) movie when I was a junior in high school called 'A Circle of Children,' about a teacher working with special needs kids," Junger said. "When I saw (it), I knew what I wanted to do."

Junger has taught special education for the past 31 years in Okaloosa County, with the past four years at Southside Center. The school specializes in pre-kindergarten education for children ages 3-5, including children with learning disabilities.

Working with them is “rewarding,” Junger said.

"They are just so eager to learn; they are happy and loving," she said. "If you judge (them) by what you see physically, then you are way out of the ballpark."

Hands-on learning is an effective teaching tool, Junger said.



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