Wednesday, January 19, 2022

TBE Profile: Georgina Dolan

Georgina Dolan (center) is pictured with her 9-month-old daughter,  Delaney and husband, Devin. SUBMITTED photo

Georgina Dolan (center) is pictured with her 9-month-old daughter, Delaney and husband, Devin. SUBMITTED photo

By Noelle H. Lowery

Every morning, Georgina Dolan walks down familiar hallways. After all, Tommie Barfield Elementary’s newest third grade teacher was once a student at TBE.

“I was born in New York, and my family moved to Marco Island when I was one,” Dolan remembers.

In 2008, she graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with Bachelors Degree in elementary education, and earned a Master’s Degree in K-12 Reading K-12 in 2012. Her husband, Devin, is a Naples native, and the couple recently moved back to Marco Island from Naples with their nine-month-old daughter, Delaney.

She has taught third grade for seven years, and taught at Calusa Park Elementary School in Naples prior to coming to TBE. “Third grade is a great age,” she says. “Children start to mature and read to understand a text and enjoy it.”

Coastal Breeze News recently sat down with Dolan to find out more about her.


Q: Tell me about your favorite teacher as a child.

A: Mrs. Scuderi was my kindergarten teacher at TBE. I just remember always participating in engaging activities. She always took material we had to learn and made it come to life by “pretending.”


Q: Why did you become a teacher? Did you always want to be a teacher, and if so why?

A: I became a teacher because I had the opportunity to volunteer during high school as part of an internship. I volunteered at TBE and knew that is what I wanted to do for a career.


Q: Why elementary school?

A: Children at this age are always looking for role models and adults to look up to.


Q: What three words best describe your teaching style, and why?

A: Strategic, Positive, Includer. I find strategies to help all students learn, find the positives and include all stakeholders in that child’s life.


Q: How did you come to TBE?

A: I always knew I wanted to come back after having such wonderful memories of my elementary education here.


Q: Who has been the biggest influence on your life?

A: My parents. I was fortunate enough to grow up in such a beautiful place.


Q: What one personal achievement are you most proud?

A: Traveling across the country to complete a teaching internship in Hungary without my family!


Q: How would you like students and parents to remember you?

A: As a developer and partner in their child’s education.


Q: What is one thing your students would be surprised to know about you?

A: That I went to the same school as they do and had some of the same teachers as they did in elementary school.


Q: Ann Frank once said that in spite of everything, she believed people were basically good. Do you agree? Disagree? Why?

A: Yes, though sometimes people are challenging, everyone has good in them.


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