Mike Dunlea

New Jersey

Michael has taught for 15 years in grades Preschool to 3rd grade. He lives with his wife and 3 children along the coast of Southern New Jersey near a barrier island called Long Beach Island. After Hurricane Sandy hit Michael created a non-profit group called Stafford Teachers And Residents Together, START, that helped over 800 homeowners recover from the disaster while saving more than 3 million dollars in the process. He is a proud National Board Certified teacher who received the Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, PAEMST, in 2018 and was a New Jersey state Teacher of the Year Finalist in 2012. This year he was selected as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. 

School: Tabernacle Elementary

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Projects 2019

Turning Learning into Leading

Our month long global project is coming to a close this week. We began by collaborating with a 5th grade class as we learned about Climate Change. Then we began to interact with experts in person and using technology like Zoom and Skype. Students researched, wrote questions for speakers, created posters, and wrote extensively about what they learned and heard.

Monday we will partner with the Pinelands Preservation Alliance and the AmeriCorp to plant trees in the Buck's Cove Run section of the Brendan Byrne State Forest in Burlington County, New Jersey. We will be planting trees where earlier this year ATV riders destroyed over 400 of them. As part of our learning we had....

  • Richard E. Hyman a diver on Jacques Cousteau's Calypso and author of Frogmen and friend via Zoom
  • Dr. Lydia White a Scientist from Nova Scotia who is a lobster specialist via Skype a Scientist
  • Mrs. Gsell, local farmer from Russo's Farm in Tabernacle, New Jersey and a parent to a 5th grader, in person
  • Dr. David Robinson, Professor at Rutgers and the state's preeminent Climatologist via Zoom
  • Senator Troy Singleton, NJ politician and friend, in person
  • Celine Cousteau, Documentary Filmmaker, Granddaughter of Jacques Cousteau

We collaborated with students and teachers in

We addressed more than 373 NJ State Student Learning Standards over the four weeks.