All About Mrs. Dunne
Christina Dunne is a fifth grade teacher at Lincoln School. During her 25+ years in the district, she has taught third grade at Washington School and many years at fourth grade at Lincoln. While in the district she has taken an active role writing curriculum for Language Arts, Reading, and Social Studies. She has also written and received grants from National Geographic, the Eagleton Institute, the Montclair University Renewal program as well as small district grants.
Mrs. Dunne feels strongly about helping and encouraging other educators in the profession. To accomplish this goal, she has provided numerous after school workshops for fellow teachers. To assist new teachers in the district she has served as a mentor. To encourage future teachers, she has worked closely with Montclair State University as a cooperating teacher. She has mentored over ten student teachers.
Mrs. Dunne began her teaching career at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. After completing her degree at Bucknell, she taught in New York and pursued her Masters degree in Reading at the College of New Rochelle. Upon completing her Masters, she taught remedial reading for fourth and fifth graders in White Plains, New York at the Intermediate School. When she married Richard Dunne, she moved to New Jersey and began teaching in the Caldwell-West Caldwell district.
Mrs. Dunne has been very involved in education not only in our district but outside too. She was selected to participate in summer workshops with National Geographic in Washington, D.C. and with NASA in Texas. She was honored with 17 other teachers across the nation in 2002 as a Distinguished Teacher of Geography. She was selected by the New Jersey Department of Education to serve on the Elementary Social Studies committee to set standards for New Jersey. She also served for 12 years on the state committee for the development of the NJ ASK Language Arts Literacy exam for grades 3 through 5.
Her interests however do not end with education. She is her family's historian. She has extensively researched her family tree on Ancestry.com Mrs. Dunne is also an accomplished singer. She has performed in numerous musicals and plays. She also cantors in her church and has sung at many weddings. She often sings the National Anthem at sporting events. She incorporates her talent and love of music even when she teaches. Many of her students rely on songs she has taught them to prepare for tests.
Mrs. Dunne is also the mother of four sons. She is often spotted on fields or in the stands cheering her sons on. She and her husband enjoy traveling and have gone cross country with the boys. If she is not traveling, she can be found in her kitchen baking. She loves experimenting with recipes and is famous for her cookies. If you miss her in the kitchen, you will definitely find her in her garden where flowers bloom abundantly.