Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Andrews Elementary School first-grade teacher Tracy Dunn has taught at the school for 25 years.
Now, she is one of the five who have been nominated for Georgetown County Teacher of the Year.
Dunn — an Andrews native and daughter of Mike and Martha Foxworth — did not always know teaching would be her career. In fact, after graduating from Andrews High School, she attended the College of Charleston thinking she would be a psychology major.
“It was my dad who encouraged me to try some education classes,” said Dunn, the wife of Brian Dunn and daughter-in-law of retired Andrews Magistrate Ben Dunn. “He always thought he saw me being a teacher.”
Dunn said she spent a weekend at home during her freshman year in college when her father reminded her how much she loved reading, she said, adding her dad also reminded her of her passion for art.
“I also loved to play school when I was a young girl.”
After that weekend and the heart-to-heart talk with her father, Dunn went back to college and changed her major to elementary education.
After earning her degree, she returned to Andrews and was hired at the elementary school by Renee King, the school’s principal at the time.
Dunn said the most rewarding part of her job is the “light bulb” moments when students learn something for the first time.
“To see their love of learning. I am always overwhelmed. They are like sponges,” Dunn said.
Because she has been at the same school for so long, Dunn is now teaching some children of students she had during the early years of her career.
“They all think it’s really neat,” she said.
Dunn credits the team of first-grade teachers at Andrews Elementary for helping her be a successful teacher.
“There are eight in our team and we all work together. We share ideas and encourage each other,” she said.
As for being named a finalist for the District Teacher of the Year, Dunn said it was not only exciting for her but also for the school.
“It is an honor to be representing our school where we have a lot of good teachers and hard workers,” she said.
By Scott Harper
This is the first in a series of articles on the five finalists for Georgetown County Teacher of the Year.