October 2014 Winner - Bobbye Lynn Dunnam:(Calvary Christian School)


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By Michael Stewart

Bobbye Lynn Dunnam wears a lot of hats on any given day at Calvary Christian School.

In addition to teaching French, social studies and U.S. history to students in grades 9-12, Dunnam, the October Golden Apple Award Teacher of the Month, is also the assistant principal at the small, private school in Meridian.

Dunnam also handles discipline at the school and this year she picked up additional classes in sociology and psychology.

"She does anything and everything," Calvary Christian School Headmaster Curt Pouncey said. "She is indeed the glue that holds us together."

Golden Apple Award sponsors announced Dunnam's selection as the October Golden Apple Teacher of the Month during a surprise presentation in the school's gym where students and staff had gathered for the occasion.

"I feel overwhelmed, shocked and surprised," Dunnam said. "There are so many deserving teachers that I could not believe it. It is one of the happiest days of my life."

During the presentation, the Golden Apple Partners in Education presented Dunnam with $1,000 in school supplies, a $500 tuition voucher and $300 in cash. She is also in the running for teacher of the year, which will be announced on May 28 and comes with a $2,500 prize and a $2,500 scholarship for a graduating senior of the winning teacher's choice.

Dunnam hasn't always been a teacher. She was a secretary at Southern Pipe & Supply Co., for 24 years before she entered the field of education.

"It gave me a great, solid foundation for business skills," Dunnam said of her years at Southern Pipe. "I can help in the office and as an assistant principal with the function of the school because of that background."