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Chatham Grove’s Elicia Dunk named CCS Exceptional Children Educator of Excellence

PITTSBORO — Chatham Grove Elementary School teacher Elicia Dunk has been named the Chatham County Schools Exceptional Children Resource Teacher Educator of Excellence for the 2021-2022 school year.

“She is dedicated to her students, colleagues and school,” said Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson. “She is positive in all of her interactions and her students feel the love she exudes.”

Melvin Diggs, executive director of Exceptional Children & Academically/Intellectually Gifted Programs, praised Dunk’s knowledge about EC, advocacy and support.

“She is able to speak to the data that supports her decisions as well as the child as a whole, taking their emotional well-being into account, as well,” Diggs said. 

He noted that when the district converted to remote learning because of COVID-19, Ms. Dunk “immediately began creating resources, reaching out to families and thinking outside the box to reach all of her students while also providing resources to other EC teachers and support to her team.”

Chatham Grove Principal Dr. Larry Savage said Dunk works tirelessly to help her students. 

“She keeps our exceptional students at the heart of all she does on a daily basis,” he said. “Mrs. Dunk is a true asset not just to our team, but to the district’s Exceptional Children Team.”

Dunk, who has been teaching for 15 years with the past two being at Chatham Grove, will be recognized at the Exceptional Children Division’s 70th Conference on Exceptional Children at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro on Nov. 17-19.

She said she was honored to be selected as the Exceptional Children Resource Teacher Educator of Excellence. 

“I love my job and the children I have the opportunity to work with,” she said. “I am fortunate to have supportive co-workers and involved parents. We all are working toward helping our students achieve their full potential. My students work incredibly hard, and I am very proud of them and the effort they put in.”