Middle School Science/STEAM Facilitator
When Ingrid Dunn isn't helping Collegiate School Middle School students explore the sciences, she may be found in the saddle.
"I'm a competitive equestrian," said Ms. Dunn, a 6th Grade Science teacher and advisor, as well as Collegiate’s Middle School Robotics/STEAM Facilitator. In the summer, she trains with Olympic-level riders astride her horse, Ruby Redbird.
Ms. Dunn joined the Collegiate School faculty in September 2018 and said she enjoys the "warm, welcoming and helpful" attitudes of the faculty, staff and students. Though she is still learning about various campus traditions, Ms. Dunn said she is excited to watch the annual Christmas Pageant this year. Held since the early days of the Collegiate School for Girls on Monument Avenue, the Pageant tells the Christmas story entirely through music as the Upper School girls' Glee Club and Middle School Balcony Chorus sing, and students perform costsumed as cherubs, angels, shepherds, kings, and Mary and Joseph.
"I've seen all the time and effort the students are dedicating to it," she said. "They are so professional! [The pageant] belongs on Broadway."
It is not surprising that Ms. Dunn would appreciate Collegiate School students' onstage performance: she studied theatre and animation at Emerson College in Boston. After teaching STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) programs in the Boston Public Schools system, Ms. Dunn earned a masters degree in physical geography and earth sciences from the University of North Texas.
Her love of science stems from days as a student at St. Catherine's School, a nearby independent school for girls.
"My favorite teacher was Ms. Sarah Redmond," said Ms. Dunn. Ms. Redmond taught earth sciences and "was always so sweet and patient when I had a million questions." Ms. Dunn inherited Ms. Redmond's prized classroom collection of rocks and minerals.
Ms. Dunn said that a lesson she learned from her graduate school mentor, Dr. Alexandra Ponette-González, still impacts her outlook today.
“She would always tell me, ‘don’t look at the big picture, look at one piece at a time,’” said Ms. Dunn. “I learned to break whatever I’m doing down into smaller, more manageable steps. It’s a great method for reaching goals.”
Ms. Dunn said she values her daily interactions with her Collegiate students, and enjoys helping them work through challenges.
"My goal is to help my students think differently and creatively about problems and how to solve them," she said.
– By Samantha Willis