KIVA STAR SPOTLIGHT

  • Getting to Know Coach Dunlap

    Interviewed by Tessa D., Madison A., and Jack T.

    Jack: How long have you worked at Kiva?

    Coach Dunlap: This is my third year at Kiva.

    Tessa: If you could be a new color in a box of crayons, what color would you be and why?

    Coach Dunlap: Hmm, I think I would choose ocean blue. Blue is such a calming color, and the color of the ocean is so unique!

    Madison: What did you do before you started working at Kiva?

    Coach Dunlap: Before I started at Kiva I was a sales representative for a flooring company. It was okay, but definitely not as much fun as my job here. I get to hang out with you guys now, which is super fun!

    Jack: What’s your favorite candy?

    Coach Dunlap:  I really like bite sized Twizzlers. The cherry flavored bites are the best!

    Tessa: What is the kindest thing you’ve seen happen at Kiva?

    Coach Dunlap: That's a tough question, because kind things happen here every day! But, I do remember one time I saw a group of Kindergartners drop their books, and an older kid named Austin stopped to help them pick them up, then he held the door to the library open for them. He didn’t have to stop to help them, and he did even though nobody was watching. It was so very kind!

    Jack: Who was your favorite teacher when you were in school, and why?

    Coach Dunlap: I would have to say Mr. McDonald, my kindergartner teacher. And, my PE teacher who just passed away a month ago, Mr. Gallardo. They were both so nice, like father figures. They were always there to help students out when they had problems, and they were both great listeners.

    Madison: What was your favorite book growing up, and why?

    Coach Dunlap: I liked The Hobbit series by J.R.R. Tolkien. I could just re-read those books over and over. And, it was super neat to see them adapted into movies as an adult!

    Tessa: Use one word to describe Kiva.

    Coach Dunlap: I would say “Happy”. Everyone here is so nice, it’s hard to be anything but happy in this special community!

    Jack: What do you like to do in your free time?

    Coach Dunlap: I have a really cool bulldog that I like to play with, and my girlfriend has greyhounds.  We spend a lot of our free time hiking and playing in the park with the dogs.

    Tessa: What’s your favorite movie?

    Coach Dunlap:  Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory always puts me in a happy place. It’s visually such a neat movie!

    Madison: If you could time travel, where would you go and why?

    Coach Dunlap: I would love to go back to July 1, 1776 and see the Declaration of Independence signing. How cool would that be??

    Jack: What would you do if you were invisible for one day?

    Coach Dunlap: Oooh, that would be cool. I could sneak in to the classrooms and have fun with all of you guys. I’d probably hang out in kindergarten and pretend to be a kid again!

    Tessa: What do you think the secret to a good life is?

    Coach Dunlap: I think having a job that you like makes a big difference. Trust me, I know doing something you don’t like isn’t much fun. Surrounding yourself with good, happy, positive, and nice people, too. That makes life much better.

    Jack: What do you hope people remember you for?

    Coach Dunlap: I hope that I’m remembered for making a difference with the students here at Kiva. I hope you all remember having a good time in my P.E. class, exercising, playing games and becoming healthier at the same time!

    Madison: What’s your favorite thing about teaching at Kiva?

    Coach Dunlap: Definitely the students. I’ve taught at five different schools, and the students at Kiva are, by far, the best. You are all so polite and kind. The whole school community is so great!

    Tessa: What is your favorite grade to teach?

    Coach Dunlap: There are things about every grade that I like, but Second Grade has always been my favorite because the kids are still very excited about everything. That makes a big difference. 

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