At Mackenzie Junior High, students and faculty came together to remember the life of long time educator Joanna Dunn. Dunn taught for 49-years, 25-with the Lubbock Independent School District. Dunn spent most of her career at Honey Elementary, but she began teaching 8th grade at Mackenzie in 2006. She died December 19th undergoing surgery for injuries she suffered in a car accident.
On Monday, Mackenzie held a special service to celebrate her life and contributions. School leaders began the day with an announcement, saying Monday would be dedicated to remembering all of their happy memories about Ms. Dunn. They ended their first day without her in a candle light ceremony with a simple message.
As flames light up the darkness, friends of Joanna Dunn say she did the same. "Joanna was a model teacher, a very genuine, caring, individual," Arnett Elementary Principal David Doyle said. Before going to Arnett, Doyle spent six years with Dunn at Honey Elementary.
"A lot of people that knew her well would say that she was very 'old school' in terms of her approach with children, but they respected her so much; they loved her immensely," Doyle said. That love showed Monday in Dunn's classroom at Mackenzie Junior High, where students and fellow faculty members left messages about what Ms. Dunn taught them. "I think there were a lot of life lessons that she taught that went way beyond the classroom," Doyle said.
In her nearly 50-years of teaching, Dunn touched hundreds of lives. "Ms. Dunn is looking down on us and smiling and saying do your best, give it your all and she would expect nothing less," Doyle said.
Her former students hope to honor her with a successful life of their own. "Her legacy will live on in the students and the children that she has worked with for generations," Doyle said. Dunn's daughter and granddaughter shared a few words with students during the ceremony.
A memorial fund has been set up to help Joanna Dunn's family with medical and funeral expenses. You may donate at any Bank of America Branch.
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