Teaching Bio

Ms. Dunn is a graduate from Ithaca College where she received her Bachelor's degree in journalism. Ms. Dunn went on to pursue teaching as a second career as a New York City Teaching Fellow. She graduated from Hunter College with her Master's degree in Special Education in 2015. Ms. Dunn has been a special educator since 2013 teaching in various subject areas, locations, and grade levels.

 Ms. Dunn has worked in the Franklin Lakes School District since 2018. She is a Resource Room and Collaborative teacher. She has been passionately dedicated to the progression of children in the areas of academics, emotional needs, and social development for many years. She continues to commit herself to meeting the needs of all her learners and welcomes any communication.

Teaching Philosophy

Philosophy of the Special Education Program in the Franklin Lakes School District


                 “If he cannot learn the way we teach, we had better teach the way he can learn.”

-       Robert Buck

The special education teachers of Franklin Lakes Public Schools believe in success for all children.  We are dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment in which each child has the opportunity to reach his or her fullest potential.  Learning is an individual process in which each child will have the optimum opportunity to develop academically, socially, and emotionally.  We strive to foster individual strengths while developing areas in need of more support.  We support students through a variety of specialized instructional strategies, techniques and materials

The teachers in the Franklin Lakes Special Education Program focus on student achievement through the implementation of scientifically research-based curriculum that reflects best practices in special education. Comprehensive assessments are also used in order to establish data-driven goals and objectives to guide individual student success.  The IEP is the cornerstone of the student’s program.  We implement the IEP to meet the specific needs of each student in our programs.  We are consistently mindful of the specific accommodations and modifications that will help our students reach success in both special and general education programs.

As a group, we philosophically believe in the movement to give special needs students’ greater access to general education classes.  Our goal is to strengthen our relationship with our general education colleagues through the in-class support model.  The establishment of this partnership, while maintaining our identity as special educators, will create greater opportunities for student success now and in the future.  We are committed to excellence and making a significant difference in the lives of students challenged by the classroom setting.

Office Hours

First Wednesday of every month at 8:15-8:45am 

 Last Wednesday of every month at 3:45-4:15pm

PLEASE NOTE! Appointments must be made by emailing jdunn@franklinlakes.k12.nj.us before 2pm the day before a conference is scheduled.