Meet your teacher, Dawn Cotter

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Grade/Subject: Fifth grade social studies/science, Westfield Intermediate School

Number of years teaching: 15

Background/Schooling: Brookville High School (Indiana), bachelor’s in elementary education, Miami University (Ohio); and master’s in education, Ball State University.

Why did you become a teacher? I have known I wanted to be a teacher since I was in elementary school. My favorite teacher was Mr. Thackery – middle school science. He not only made learning fun but took the time to learn about me as a person. I strive to make an impact on children’s lives as he did on mine.

What goals do you have for your students? I strive to help my students become successful, happy, life-long learners. I stress the importance of responsibility, self-motivation, organization and enthusiasm. I want them to know I care about them enough to teach them how to be successful in school and life even after they leave my classroom.

What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? I encourage parents to work with me as a team to help their child gain more independence in their learning. Students are learning how to access the blog themselves, for example, instead of expecting parents to do it for them. Learning how to become independent learners now will result in successful students in middle school, high school, and beyond.

What is your favorite movie? Star Wars and Harry Potter

Who is your favorite musician or band? Bruce Springsteen and Chris Tomlin

What’s something your students might not know about you? I confess, I love to watch Duck Dynasty. Hilarious!