By Alex Knapper '18
This issue of the Exchanged features a new “type” of article. We thought it would be interesting to interview certain faculty members about their time on the close; to gain a unique perspective on those who teach us daily. To start off this week is Ms. Dunn. She currently teaches Honors Precalculus and AP Calculus AB at St. Albans. While any student of hers can attest to the fact that her class is challenging, any student will also undoubtedly say that the class is both interesting and fun. She’s great, teaches incredibly well, and will always have her door open if any of you need help with math.
Q: So Ms. Dunn, how long have you taught at STA?
A: This is my tenth year.
Q: In your 10 years, what’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned from teaching?
A: Oh my goodness. You know what, there are so many. Keeping it real, you know? The boys just want to see you for who you are. Always having my door open and being available for help at anytime. Understanding who boys are and that they need a little wildness, and they need to laugh, and they need to get up. And I think what shocked me the most about this place is how close we are. After my boys graduate I get those emails and letters. It’s like a family, and it continues past your experience at St. Albans.
Q: What do you love about teaching so much that makes want to come back each year, excited for every new school year?
A: Making ya’ll love what I teach; literally, I mean you’re dreading either Honors Precal or Calculus, and I like to convert ya’ll. I want to make you all know how exciting mathematics is. I love your minds. Every year you surprise me with some weird way of looking at a problem or some extension that I never thought of
Q: What’s one thing that’s changed the most about STA in your 10 years here?
A: The schedule. The schedule has changed the most. Other than that, nothing really, and the fact that we have beautiful fields. What I do like now though is that I used to have to wait to see the majority of my students after lunch, which was after school. I like the fact that they can find me more during the day. There are more opportunities. It doesn’t have to all be before athletics.
Q: Is there anything you would change about the curriculum, more specifically, the math curriculum?
A: Yeah I would! I would open it to more math electives. The two years for Algebra 2 and Precalculus seem kinda long. I think we could shorten that, and add in some Statistics course that everyone takes. Still, I, of course, want everyone to take Calculus, because it’s the most amazing course ever! But I really like idea of getting away from textbooks. Create our own problems, you know? Let the boys do more open ended problems.
Thanks to Ms. Dunn for taking time out of her day for this interview, as well as giving awesome answers!