Michael Dunlea, NBCT

Michael Dunlea teaches 2nd grade in Tabernacle, NJ. In 2012, He is a NJ State Teacher of the Year Finalist. In 2015 he became National Board Certified as Early Childhood Generalist. He is a 2016 recipient of the Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching PAEMST. Michael has served as an advisor to the NJ State Department of Education on the State Program Authorization Council and the NJ Student Learning Standards Committee. He serves his community as the President of the non-profit environmental group, Alliance for a LIving Ocean ALO. Helping students get an equal shot at life remains his core mission. You can reach Michael at mdunlea3@aol.com or his twitter address @MichaelJDunlea.

They Will Always Be My Students

May 11, 2018

It has always baffled me how we as teachers can go from practically adopting our students in September to saying goodbye, sometimes forever, in June. The entirety of my success in teaching has rested on the relationship building I achieve each year. I connect with students, use humor, and focus on changing how they see themselves as learners. Together we redefine what they say they are able to do, know or overcome. What I say to them can become part of their internal voice that has the power to build them up or tear them down. So after an intense…

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