#56. January 17th, 2013: Ms. Dunkirk

Throughout high school, I had the privilege of being taught by some amazing individuals. One of these teachers, however, stood out to me in that she was not only an educator, but she was also a mentor and a friend. Ms. Dunkirk is truly a one-of-a-kind person. She’s absolutely hilarious and can turn just about any topic into something fun and engaging. She’s also incredibly honest. Dunkirk will never ever tell you what you want to hear, unless it’s the truth. She’s devoted to helping you grow as an individual and to helping you learn about the world just as much as about psychology. I was also fortunate enough to have worked on TEDxYouth@SanDiego very closely with Ms. Dunkirk and this allowed me to develop such an appreciation for her. As we began by securing the speakers together, it became very obvious that she was ridiculously dedicated to making the event the best it could be. She was so genuine in her approach and was honestly just unbelievably hardworking. On a side note, Dunkirk really does deserve an award for the effort and time she put in on the event two years ago. She wasn’t recognized for what she did and she truly put forth so much behind the scenes work that I am honored to know her and to have worked with her like that. Anyway, Dunkirk really is an amazing human being. Everyone at CCA knows that not only is she gorgeous on the outside, but she is also beautiful on the inside. She has such a fantastic sense of humor and is just really easy to get along with. She can connect with you on just about any level. For as open as she is, Dunkirk is also someone who deeply cherishes trust and friendship. I’m definitely not saying I’m one of her close friends, but it’s very easy to tell that she values her friends and family so very much and I love her for that πŸ™‚ Anyway, Dunk, you are seriously one of the main reasons why I absolutely loved high school. Thank you so much for opening me up to a new world and for trailblazing a path with me through the unknown territory that was known as organizing a TEDxYouth event πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for being such a great teacher and for taking advantage of the power that you wield and mentoring us as human beings instead of just lecturing to us as a teacher. Thank you so much for persevering through all that you have gone through in life and thank you so much for being one of the strongest women that I know. Thank you so much for making me happy whenever I see you and for bringing in Sydney to class some days πŸ™‚ Thank you for simply being in my life. For all of that, Ms. Dunkirk, I thank you πŸ™‚

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