Jamie Gunby, Third Grade
Published March 2016
Hi! My name is Jamie Gunby and I am the third grade teacher here at Woodlawn. I have loved being a part of the Woodlawn community and have learned so much in the past five years I have spent teaching here. I feel passionate about teach the third grade curriculum, and I appreciate the freedom to add to it and make it stronger each year. I appreciate the integrated approach to learning at Woodlawn and feel that it not only makes more sense, but it makes learning more fun. One of my favorite units is our integrated of Jamestown and Pocahontas. The overnight field trip to Jamestown, Virginia is one of the highlights of the school year, for both myself and the students. After all the teaching and learning that is achieved in the classroom, it is so rewarding to see students experience their learning in real life. It is their first overnight field trip experience, and I love that I get to share that experience with them. I feel fortunate to not only teach students that are excited to learn, but to have the opportunity to collaborate with passionate teachers. I have learned so much from my colleagues and we are able to come up with so many fun and education ideas when we work together. This is also true for the students. They have so many opportunities to work to work together and learn from one another in a supportive environment.
Before working at Woodlawn, I taught in New Zealand for two years. I was able to not only explore a new country and culture, but to understand another country's education system. I initially was drawn to Woodlawn because I saw many parallels in the approach to teaching and learning, compared with the education system in New Zealand, including the love of the outdoors. I am always sharing my travel experiences with students and I feel there is so much learning to gaine in traveling, both locally and internationally. When I'm not at Woodlawn, I enjoy spending my weekends with visits to the mountains, scheming my next travel adventures, and spending time with friends.