Learning to Teach
But at Russell Elementary Julie Dunn fits into both categories.
"They hang on every word I say, for today. We'll see. Let's hope it continues the rest of the year," said the third grade teacher.
Dunn is settling into her new classroom. But just like her students, she is getting ready to hit the books again.
"I'm going to eventually get my masters anyways. So, might as well do it my first year, when I have an awesome opportunity," Dunn explained.
Dunn is part of the Teaching Fellowship program at MU. She is earning her masters during her first year of teaching. Former teacher and mentor Kimberly Euliss is ready to help with the balancing act.
"It's kind of weird because I'm a guest in everyone's room and I don't have my room. One of our other new teachers was my student teacher last year so she's in my old room, and that's really weird walking in there," Euliss said. "I'm teaching teachers to be better teachers, so I'm impacting even more kids this way."
As a learner and leader, Dunn says she is ready to teach, but still has plenty to learn.