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'New' HHS counselor looking forward to sending students into their futures


            HHS will be undergoing several changes in the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. Chris Vitt will be teaching biology, anatomy, and college biology full time while Kylee Reschke will be taking over freshman and junior English from Jenny Dunn as Dunn takes on the position of school counselor.

            “It was a very difficult decision; however, after having two of my own children go through high school and enter college within the past five years, my interest has really grown in the area of making sure our students are provided with the foundation to be successful beyond high school,” explains Dunn. “Knowing that Kylee Reschke would be taking my place in the English classroom made it a bit easier, because I know I am leaving the students in good hands.”

Dunn has been at Hiawatha High for 13 years and has been teaching for 17 years. Teaching English for freshman and juniors, Dunn covers many different works of  English literature.

            “I will absolutely miss sharing my love of great works, such as ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and the short stories of American literature,” Dunn remarks.

She also speaks about the aspects of her current job she feels have prepared her for counseling at HHS.

            “In one way or another, every teacher spends a significant amount of time dealing with the social/emotional needs of students. However, I am well aware that I have much more to learn in terms of dealing with the more serious issues. I also have very much enjoyed my role as an advisory teacher, which allows me to focus on college and career preparation with students. Last year I had eight seniors in advisory, and it was rewarding to work with them as they filled out scholarship applications and made their post-graduation plans.”

            The post-secondary preparation element of the counseling position is particularly exciting for Dunn as she looks forward to taking on her new role in the upcoming school year.

            “I just returned from a CETE workshop and learned so much about the direction we should be taking with Individual Plans of Study for each student and how many resources are readily available through the College and Career Competency Framework. These are some of the areas I would like for us to grow in as a team of teachers and students.”

            Dunn also knows that there are some things she needs to work on to be prepared for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. An avid organizer, she has made for herself a list titled “Things I know I don’t know” and has challenged herself to conquer this list over summer.

While she admits to having many things to learn before the start of next school year, she is excited about the newness and challenges this new role will bring.