Michael Dunlea became a teacher for the same reason most did, he wanted to make a difference. He decided to become a teacher via the alternate route after working in restaurant/hotel management for over 20 years. He was a finalist for the NJ State Teacher of the Year, which set him on a path of teacher leadership that included becoming a Teacher Fellow with America Achieves in 2012 and Hope Street Group in 2014.
In this episode you will learn:
- How he created a grassroots, teacher-led storm crew in response to Hurricane Sandy.
- Why he was a finalist for the New Jersey Teacher of the Year and was a Hope Street Group Fellow
- What was impactful about his 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Finn
- How his wife, a social worker, showed him what it means to be dedicated to the betterment of children.
- What choice every teacher must make
- The number of hours he put in over contract in a school year
- What policy makers fail to realize about students
- Why every teacher should read Rick Lavoie’s When The Chips Are Down: Learning Disabilities and Discipline (Strategies For Improving Children’s Behavior)
- How you can be a part of your school’s community
- Why Twitter helps teachers
- How to use student surveys effectively to understand what’s happening in your classroom
Follow Michael on Twitter @MichaelJDunlea