Mrs. Bev Dunbar
middle school team, seventh grade
I have been teaching for 31 years. I have taught everything from preschool to 8th grade. My very first job was here at St. Joseph School teaching first and second grade. At that time all the classes, with the exception of kindergarten, were combined classrooms. It was a challenge being a new teacher and having to teach both first and second grade, but I loved it. After teaching here for 2 years, my husband and I moved to Tomah. For many years I taught in the Tomah School District, teaching kindergarten, first and fifth grade.
In 2000 a change in my husband’s career brought our family back to Dodgeville. For the first few years after returning to the area, I had a variety of jobs, before being hired to teach here at St. Joe’s. I taught preschool for 1 year and then was hired to teach 6-8 Language Arts. I have been teaching at this level for 3 years and though it was an adjustment at first, I really enjoy working with middle schoolers.
Currently, my husband and I are empty nesters. Our 3 children all attended the University of Wisconsin: my son, Ed, has a degree in medicine and will be returning to Wisconsin for a position after completing his internship in Vermont, my daughter, Katie, is completing her degree in veterinary medicine this May, and my second daughter, Alicen, is a designer for a company in Denver.
I have truly enjoyed returning to teach at St. Joseph School. I have had the opportunity to work with children of my former students, and have the chance to feel like I am making an impact on my students.