Teacher of the Month: Lisa Dunlap, Success Unlimited Academy

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While attending elementary school at a tender age, Lisa Dunlap was impacted and inspired by an educator who believed in her when no other teacher did. This teacher saw something special in Lisa and taught her to love learning and never give up on her dreams. Through personal experience, she became inspired to continue pouring into young minds and dedicate her unwavering passion for education to make a difference. She lives by this principle: “I believe all children can learn if they are encouraged to love learning in the right nurturing environment.”

Lisa graduated from Auburn University of Montgomery with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She chose to become a teacher at Success Unlimited Academy because the school is known for its willingness to educate all children, no matter their disability, be it learning or behavior. 

“Becoming a teacher was also a calling from God. I feel that God has led me to help unseen children, the ones with special needs, the ones who need someone to advocate for them when no one else sees their needs, and help children set goals for themselves and work towards reaching those goals and feel successful, even if they are taking baby steps.” Lisa dedicates herself to teaching her students that hard work pays off, and she values how special they are while guiding them toward their purpose in the world. 

Each year, Lisa Dunlap sets goals for students. I identify their ability/learning levels and set long and short-term goals for them to reach together. Communication with the child and parent as they accomplish the goals is essential. Mrs. Dunlap creates a classroom environment that is both a conducive learning space for all students and a safe place where students can be themselves and grow socially and academically. 

After teaching, Mrs. Dunlap plans to travel the country with her husband. 

Lisa Dunlap has been married to Thomas W. Dunlap Jr. for 23 years. They have two children: Christian and Abbie. They are from Montgomery and have lived in Letohatchee for 14 years.


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