By Linda Dennis, Special Education Teacher
Kelly Dunn is a true California native and her favorite place is in the redwoods of Humboldt County. She enjoys hiking and walking on the beach, especially when it is cool and foggy outside. She feels that there is nothing more majestic than standing at the bottom of a beautiful redwood tree. One of Kelly’s favorite state parks is Patrick's Point State Park in Trinidad, which is also where she and her husband got engaged.
During her free time, Kelly enjoys yoga, hiking, walking her dog on the beach, and traveling. Her most exciting vacation was to Scotland where she hiked Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in the United Kingdom.
When asked who inspires her, Kelly states, “My mom is my SHERO because she is fierce, compassionate, and hilarious all at the same time.” One of Kelly’s fondest childhood memories is at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk with her father. She rode the "Giant Dipper" roller coaster for the first time. Kelly was terrified at first, but then wanted to ride it again and again. Other fond memories include camping with her family at Big Sur and horseback riding on the beach.
Kelly really loves reading novels with her students. Hearing their reactions and excitement around a good book is her favorite part of teaching. Her personal favorite novel is East of Eden by John Steinbeck. Her proudest teaching moment was when she watched her first 9th grade class graduate as seniors.
Bob Dylan is Kelly’s favorite musician. She grew up listening to his music with her grandfather and dad, and as an English teacher, she loves teaching his music as poetry.Kelly’s favorite quote is by James Baldwin: “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive."