Mindy Dunlap is a dedicated professional who believes that educators and families need to work together in order to provide developmentally appropriate education to all children. Mrs. Dunlap holds a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Iowa and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from The University of Iowa, and she specializes in Early Childhood and Reading. She holds the following certifications in the State of Iowa: PK-12 Principal, PK-12 Special Education Supervisor, Evaluator, PK-6 Classroom Teacher, and PK-6 Reading. She holds the K-12 General Administration certification in the State of Illinois. Mrs. Dunlap has taught preschool special education, kindergarten reading, first grade, and second grade.
From 2007 to 2010 Mrs. Dunlap was the Elementary Principal at Fulton Elementary School in the River Bend School District, where she had the unique experience of recovering the building after a roof fire. Before that, she worked as an Assistant Curriculum Director for the Northeast Community School District. While working at Northeast, she served as chair of a Professional Learning Community, Character Cadre, Safety Committee, and Evaluation Committee. She was also a member of the District Leadership Team, which was highly involved in creating the Professional Development Plan for the district. Throughout her career, Mrs. Dunlap served as a formal mentor to several new teachers, had a student teacher placed with her, and piloted both Growing with Mathematics Curriculum and Handwriting Without Tears Curriculum.
Mrs. Dunlap has been a member of the Illinois Principals Association, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Northeast Education Association (for which she served as the Public Relations Officer), the Iowa State Education Association, and the National Education Association. Mrs. Dunlap believes in continuing education and has attended numerous workshops, including 8-Step Process, Character Counts, Handwriting Without Tears, Mastering Math Facts, Visual Phonics, Pathwise Mentoring Training, and Response to Intervention. She was also an active participant at in-service trainings, including Model Core Curriculum, Atlas Curriculum Mapping, Second Step, Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, and SMART Board. Mrs. Dunlap is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in early childhood education.