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Teacher of the Day

Name: Dena Oneal

School: Bradley Academy of Arts

Subject: Reading/Math Intervention

State: TN

What advice would you give to a new or struggling teacher?

A new or struggling teacher should take advantage of any mentoring program available through the state or local system. There are wonderful resources available through these programs and many retired teachers with valuable ideas and advice are ready and willing to help a teacher continue to develop their skills.

What’s the nicest thing a student or colleague has ever done to help you?

A student once told me that they would rather come to intervention than stay for a movie in their classroom.

If you weren't a teacher, what would you be doing?

I would have followed my minor in college and gone into foresnic anthropology.

What is the most challenging part of teaching?

Getting everything in that is needed.

My best day in the classroom was when…

I watched a class of students, which was made up of mostly students with learning disabilities, get excited about a writing assignment. The discussion flowed, they worked with partners and as a result we had wonderful examples of writing.

Something that always gives me a good belly laugh is...

my dogs. They are funny little beings who always make me smile with their antics.

What’s your secret snack indulgence?

Chocolate, of any kind.

What TV show are you most embarrassed about loving?

"Swamp Brothers."

What was the last (non-academic) book you've read?

"Dead in the Family," by Charlaine Harris. 


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