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January 29, 2014

Tops in their class

County educators named winners of 2014 Jack Harvey honors

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Jeina Dunn, fourth-grade teacher, Mary Martin Elementary, Weatherford ISD

“Jeina Dunn’s path to becoming a teacher is a little different. After graduation, her parents asked her to be a vital part of their family business. And for 17 years, she did that very thing. Time kept passing and the family business continued to grow. But life has a way of taking interesting turns. Her dad was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent two surgeries. They sold the family business. Two days after selling the family business she was hired by Weatherford ISD. Jeina dreamed of being a teacher for many, many years. She challenges herself to listen, assist, and guide every student…every day. Each and every human being is unique and special. It is her goal every day to support any student however possible. For her, it is not about the grades that are made, it is about the knowledge retained and put to positive use for ourselves and others.”

Tonya Edwards, respiratory care instructor, Weatherford College

“Tonya Edwards began her tenure at Weatherford College in 1998 as clinical coordinator of the then-newly founded Respiratory Care Program. Her organizational skills and professionalism enabled Weatherford College to establish a highly respected program within the health care community. After several years, Mrs. Edwards became the director of the program. As director, she has always promoted a student-centered environment; she has hired and developed a teaching team with the same philosophy. Mrs. Edwards was one of the first Allied Health Program directors to develop a strategic student retention program for at-risk students in the Respiratory Care Program. She has modeled this program with her faculty; she is an active mentor and tutor within the retention program. Students comment on Mrs. Edwards’ tenacity and professionalism as she shares her passion for the discipline every time she teaches. The high standards she sets for her students are behaviors she models for them as well.”

Other 2013-14 honorees of Jack Harvey Fellowship Awards of Exemplary Teaching were:

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