Dana Dunnan grew up in a family of educators. He lived in Malone, NY, Meadville,PA, Springfield,IL, St. Paul, MN and Peabody, MA, as his father changed superintendencies every five years or so. Dunnan’s two older brothers both were school administrators, one in public schools in Ohio, the other beginning in public schools and ending up in private schools.
Dunnan went to high school in Minnesota, and attended Phillips Exeter Academy Summer School. He did his undergraduate work at the University of New Hampshire, where he majored in chemistry and minored in English. He received his teaching certification through a Masters’ program at Stanford University.
While at Stanford, he was a teaching intern at Woodside High School, in Woodside, California.
He began full-time teaching at Masconomet Regional High School, in Topsfield, Massachusetts. Masconomet serves Topsfield, Boxford, and Middleton, suburban towns north of Boston. Topsfield and Boxford are among the ten wealthiest towns in Massachusetts.
Around this time he began teaching at Phillips Exeter Academy Summer School. He and his wife supervised boys’ dorms during the summer session.
Also, at about this time, he began three years when he served as a teaching practitioner with the teacher training program at Harvard. He was in the classroom with graduate students, as well as doing field supervision and admissions work.
After his Masconomet journalism students had won state and national recognition, he returned to the science department full-time.
During the years to follow, he would develop a fruitful relationship with MIT, serve NSF summer fellowships, work on educational reform initiatives in Massachusetts, and develop chemistry curricula that would be used internationally.
While at Masconomet, he taught students in grades nine through twelve, and at all levels of achievement.
Retired from teaching, Dunnan now lives with his wife Judy, in a log cabin built they built themselves on Coles Pond, in Walden, Vermont. He has written numerous articles, and two books before Notes to a New Teacher.
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