The Teacher Spotlight is a weekly piece where we feature our leaders at Melissa Schools. Check back each Monday during the school year to meet a new teacher!
This week’s Teacher Spotlight shines on Brandon Dunn from Melissa Middle School, nominated by Principal Jim Miller. Mr. Dunn teaches 7th Grade Texas History and 8th Grade U.S. History. He taught in Melissa for six years, then was out of teaching for four years, and this is now his seventh year back in the district.
Learn more about Mr. Dunn below!
I developed a love for history while in middle school. I would always come home and tell stories to my parents about what I had learned. During my first semester of college, my history professor presented subjects in the most fascinating manner. I knew then that I wanted to teach history and bring it to life for all my students as well.
If I had to choose a favorite lesson, it would be the causes of the Civil War. It is the crossroads of American History and defines who we are as a nation. It sparks a passion deep inside me as we go through the events that led to the Civil War. When I see my students get fired up and debate the events of that time period, I know that I have done my job well.
I was immediately drawn to the core value HOPE. HOPE motivates us to press on, even when our path seems impossible. It is something that every person desires and needs daily to cope with the challenges life will bring.
The best thing about being a Cardinal is having a family. Even though I left Melissa for four years, I was welcomed back with open arms. There has not been a day that I have not felt valued and respected. I come to work every day with a smile on my face and friendly faces greeting me in the halls.