Friday, May 10, 2013
A woman who credits her father for pushing her to pursue a career in education is Georgetown County’s current Teacher of the Year.
At a ceremony Thursday evening, Andrews Elementary School first-grade teacher Tracy Dunn was awarded the District’s highest honor and is now a contender for next year’s South Carolina Teacher of the Year.
Dunn, an Andrews native and daughter of Mike and Martha Foxworth, has been teaching at the same school for the past 25 years. But, being a teacher was not what she thought she would be doing after graduating 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.”
She 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.
After that weekend and the heart-to-heart talk with her father, Dunn went back to college and changed her major to elementary education.
Because she has been teaching at the same school for so many years, Dunn is known by almost everyone in Andrews. In fact, she now teaches the children of some of the students she had when they were at Andrews Elementary. She said her current students think “it’s really neat” when they find out she taught their parents.
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.
By Scott Harper