Every morning, Georgina Dolan walks down familiar hallways. After all, Tommie Barfield Elementary’s newest third grade teacher was once a student at TBE.
“I was born in New York, and my family moved to Marco Island when I was one,” Dolan remembers.
In 2008, she graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with Bachelors Degree in elementary education, and earned a Master’s Degree in K-12 Reading K-12 in 2012. Her husband, Devin, is a Naples native, and the couple recently moved back to Marco Island from Naples with their nine-month-old daughter, Delaney.
She has taught third grade for seven years, and taught at Calusa Park Elementary School in Naples prior to coming to TBE. “Third grade is a great age,” she says. “Children start to mature and read to understand a text and enjoy it.”
Coastal Breeze News recently sat down with Dolan to find out more about her.
Q: Tell me about your favorite teacher as a child.
A: Mrs. Scuderi was my kindergarten teacher at TBE. I just remember always participating in engaging activities. She always took material we had to learn and made it come to life by “pretending.”
Q: Why did you become a teacher? Did you always want to be a teacher, and if so why?
A: I became a teacher because I had the opportunity to volunteer during high school as part of an internship. I volunteered at TBE and knew that is what I wanted to do for a career.
Q: Why elementary school?
A: Children at this age are always looking for role models and adults to look up to.
Q: What three words best describe your teaching style, and why?
A: Strategic, Positive, Includer. I find strategies to help all students learn, find the positives and include all stakeholders in that child’s life.
Q: How did you come to TBE?
A: I always knew I wanted to come back after having such wonderful memories of my elementary education here.
Q: Who has been the biggest influence on your life?
A: My parents. I was fortunate enough to grow up in such a beautiful place.
Q: What one personal achievement are you most proud?
A: Traveling across the country to complete a teaching internship in Hungary without my family!
Q: How would you like students and parents to remember you?
A: As a developer and partner in their child’s education.
Q: What is one thing your students would be surprised to know about you?
A: That I went to the same school as they do and had some of the same teachers as they did in elementary school.
Q: Ann Frank once said that in spite of everything, she believed people were basically good. Do you agree? Disagree? Why?
A: Yes, though sometimes people are challenging, everyone has good in them.