Dunlap Grade School Teacher Earns Community Award

Dunlap Grade School First Grade Teacher, Jennifer Donavan, was awarded the Distinguished Service Award Young Educator of the Year honor at a banquet at Weaver Ridge Country Club on October 14, 2014. She celebrated this accomplishment alongside several of her DGS colleagues and family members.

As a classroom teacher, Mrs. Donavan has demonstrated a student-first approach, as well as a strong conviction that all students can learn. Continuous improvement of classroom instruction is at the center of Mrs. Donavan’s teaching practices. She has been named a Renaissance Learning Model and Master Classroom for her practices and success with Accelerated Reader. She embeds student ownership and accountability in her classroom through the development of a student-created mission statement and ground rules. She maintains instructional focus by having students create and monitor their goals in individual student data binders and on a classroom data center. Her students participate in student-led conferences and problem-solve using quality tools.

A co-worker of Mrs. Donavan writes:
“It has been my pleasure to have worked beside Jennifer Donavan for three school years while she was at Ridgeview Elementary School. Jennifer excels at being a first grade teacher. Jennifer collaborates positively and professionally with the teachers she works with to plan activities for diverse learners. Jennifer has demonstrated her ability to be flexible and creative when implementing lessons which focused on the new common core and curriculum requirements. Jennifer implements suggestions from prior experience, and she is resourceful in coming up with new additional strategies, projects and ideas, as well. The students always love working with her and she always provides her students with frequent positive statements. Jennifer Donavan demonstrates integrity as she interacts with students, parents and staff members. She builds an excellent rapport with her students. This rapport, in my opinion, is the key to empowering any classroom management plan. She creates a positive, energized atmosphere, and her students feel encouraged and secure. She is a leader in the classroom, school and community. She is always up for starting something new and taking charge and ownership of whatever it may be.”

Congratulations to Mrs. Donavan!

Submitted by: Mandy Ellis
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Dr. Lisa Parker, Interim Superintendent

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