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Lassen County Times :Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007 3A 8 MR Ruth Ellis Staff Writer rellis@lassennews.com As far back as she can remember, Cassie Dunn said she has always wanted to be a teacher. Her mother has part- ly influenced that dream. Cassie is the new kinder- garten teacher at Meadow View School, where her moth- er, Linda, also teaches. "Teaching seems to run in our family," Linda said. Linda said her father was a teacher, her mother was a teacher's assistant, her sister teaches kindergarten, her uncle was a principal and her aunt, who was a teacher, is now a county superintendent. Cassie's paternal grand- mother also taught at Shaffer School. For Linda, not only was her family influential in her choosing a career, but so was Linda's fifth-grade teacher who said she was a better mother because she was a teacher and a better teacher because she was a mother. ' nd I thought, well I just want to be the best mother I can, so I guess I need to be a teacher," Linda said. Now, Linda has the privi- lege of watching her daugh- ter teach. Linda and Cassie's classes are in the same build- ing, almost right across the hall from each other. Linda said her heart fills with pride as she peeks through the window of her daughter's classroom and sees her child teaching and doing a great job at it. "That's a wonderful feel- ing," she said. Last fall, Cassie said she was substituting for a diffi- cult fifth-grade class and would call her mother on her way home from work. NOw, .if Cassie experiences a difficult day or wants to share something, her mother is right there. "Now, I don't have to caU, now I can just walk across the hallway," she said. Cassie, a fifth-generation resident of Lassen County and a 2000 graduateof Lassen High School, recently moved back to the area'from Southern California where she worked as a long-term substitute. Cassie said she was inter- ested in moving back and teaching at Meadow View School because she knows a lot of the staff at the school because she has spent time helping in her mother's class- room. She also said "The opportu- nity to work with (Linda) is truly amazing." Not only is her mother sup- portive, but other staff mem- bers have been supportive as well. Cassie graduated from Chapman University where she earned her bachelor of art's degree in liberal studies, her master's degree and teaching credential. Originally, Cassie was interested in teaching fifth or sixth-grade, or middle school. However, those feelings changed when she did student teaching for a kindergarten class. "I really, really loved it," she said. However, Cassie's mother said her daughter could do well teaching any grade because she really loves chil- dren. Cassie substituted at a high school and Linda said she did very well. Outside of the classroom, she has worked with after- school programs including the Kiddie Techie Enrichment Program and has tutored two girls in fifth-and third-grade in math and social studies. Cassie also played softball at Chapman University and has been a camp counselor for field hockey and softball camps. As a teacher, Cassie said, hopefully, she brings to the students and parents a sup- portive environment, a place where students can learn and grow. However,' she hopes her stu- dents will not just learn the state standards, but how to. get along with each other and learn how to interact with others outside of the class- room and outside of their family. Linda said her daughter brings youth, energy and enthusiasm to the school and new ideas. "It's nice to have that mix- ture of youth and veteran teachers at the same time," Linda said. When her first year at Meadow View School comes to a close, Cassie said she hopes her students are happy and have enjoyed every minute of school while learn- ing as much as they can. She also said she hopes her students can take skills into first-grade and, skills they will use for the rest of their lives. For herself as a teacher, Cassie said she will have learned more and become a better teacher, but said she will never stop learning,as a teacher. nl Susan Curt Johnson time," said Binswanger. receives a diploma or leaves Westwood Editor Participants will learn how school. Ictimes@lassennews.com " to file for the Free "There will be a prize for Financial Aid Night at Application for Student Aid, the first five Westwood High Westwood High School is which includes filing for a School students attending the scheduled, at 6:30 p.m. for PIN number and password, workshop whocanshowproof Wednesday, Nov. 14 in theStudents who do not file a Of hav2nz . obtaiaed ,their business classroom. Sheri FAFSAform cannot apply for " , Binswanger, the former WHS federal aid programs, such as PINI"' S~id:B'inswanger. business teacher, will be the work study, or financial loans presenter. This workshop is'designed for graduating seniors who plan to attend a four-year col- lege, junior college Or trade school. They should be accompanied by their parent. to help cover the cost of col- lege. According to Binswanger, all seniors should file the FAFSA whether or not they currently qualify because their financial status could The workshop may also be change. The form is complet- helpful for" juniors and their ed online after- a student and This project provides col- lege awareness and prepara- tion services for students in Shasta and Siskiyou counties. For more information con- tact WestwoodHigh School at" 256-3235. parents, his or her parent obtain PIN "Many decisions that are - - - numDers aria a passwora. made by seniors in the next -- wne measures par- mree monms can atlect tree , . ents ana stuctents comolneo money they may receive ior ~ colle r, i - +-nt to ilnanclai strengm aria now ~::. IL ~ IIII~)UL La ; e much of the cost of college learn hel"ful tips ahead of the family can cover. It is filed t, annually until a student Mother and daughter, Linda Dunn, left, and Cassie Dunn, are now both teaching at Meadow View School. Cassie was recently hired as the new kindergarten teacher. Photo by Ruth Ellis II I '1 e Our thanks for your signatures on the petitions and for the efforts of volunteers to gather those signatures. Although we unfortunately fell several hundred signatures short of the reauired 20% of reai stered voters, the signed the petitions. We are confident that this high level of disapproval of Lassen College Trustees will translate into the election of new Trustees in the next election--Trustees Who will be more responsive to the community and to the needs of the college. Because we promised- to keep the signatures confidential, all petitions will now be destroyed. . Thanksagain for your.help! The comrnfltee to Recall Blevlns, Click, Deal and Holybee BIGVALLEY MORTGAGE Kathie Garnier Kate Clegg free mortgage analysis. Real Estate Loans *I IA *VA Conventional *" Cal PERS Construction "NO APPLICATION FEES- 257-6991 814 Nevada St. Susanville Licensed State of California Real Estate Broker Sam U n Business as Rocky Joy Broker usual at ERA Joy Just "Moore" Joy Realty was established 50 years ago based on integrity and honesty. A1 Joy, the ori ;inal founder passed on the brokerage to his son, Rocky (right) in 1987. 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