I am Mrs. Dunker and I will be teaching your 4th grader this year. Teaching is an absolute passion of mine. I'm very excited to be working with you and your child! It's going to be a really great year full of fun, learning, and lot of adventures, and I can't wait to see what the year has in store for us! I thought that you might like to know a little bit about me.
I have only been in Colorado for a little over a year. Although I was born in Japan while my dad was stationed there in the U.S. Navy, I moved to Northern California before starting elementary school and had been there up until my move to Lone Tree. My husband Mike brought me to Colorado. Between us, we have amazing 3 daughters named Lauren (age 19), Michelle (age 18), and Hannah (age 17) and one stellar son named Kyle (age 10). My family is incredibly important to me. You'll hear all about them as the year progresses.
I grew up with six siblings in a small town called Oroville. After graduating high school, I attended and graduated from California State University, Chico. After moving to the Sacramento area, I completed Chapman University’s teaching program and started my teaching career in a town called Citrus Heights. I was very fortunate to teach at the same school in California for over 20 years. After moving here, I spent this past school year teaching 1st grade in Aurora. This will be my 22nd year of teaching. I've taught 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. However, 4th grade is my favorite!
I'm so excited to be at Gold Rush Elementary this year! I have heard so many wonderful things about the students, parents, and school community. It is my mission to instill a love of learning and to help students to be empathetic, kind-hearted human beings. I teach with passion and commitment to your child's education. I value the importance of open communication and am available to talk whenever you feel the need. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
I'm looking forward to meeting you on Aug. 7th at Meet Your Teacher and can't wait to get to know your child. We are going to have a great year together!
Have a beautiful rest of your summer,