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Dawn Harding

Nursery Teacher


At WES Since: 1999

What motivated you to become a teacher?
I discovered my passion for teaching when I first began volunteering in my son’s preschool class in 1987. This inspired me to complete the Maryland state required course work to teach in the field of early childhood.

What is your philosophy on teaching?
My philosophy on teaching is similar to my philosophy about life in general: always treat other people the way you would want to be treated. We should remember this as teachers and help our students learn to see the world this way. Our school motto of “Be Kind” fits perfectly with my philosophy.

I have been teaching Nursery since 1995 and I joined the WES team in 1999. I have a B.S. in nutrition and dietetics from Kent State University and stayed home for some time when my children were young. I started volunteering in their schools and recognized that working with children is a true passion of mine. I became certified by the State of Maryland for Early Childhood education and I have never looked back. When I am not teaching, I love spending time with my 12 grandchildren, cooking, and quilting.

2017 Washington Post Teacher of the Year Finalist