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Kristy Dumond

Elementary Teacher

Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education, Saginaw Valley State University; Master of Arts, Reading K–12, University of Michigan (Flint)

Mrs. Dumond is a kindergarten and first-grade teacher. She specializes in teaching reading and math and has been with Michigan Connections Academy since 2018. Mrs. Dumond shares more below.

Why I Became A Teacher

As a high schooler, I was able to participate in the Cross Age Tutor program and I spent 1–2 hours every day of my senior year working with teachers and students in the elementary school. I loved the hustle and bustle of the school setting and working with students and being involved in teaching duties. I began my college career as a physical therapist and learned quickly that that was NOT where my passion was and switched colleges and majors to education.

The Online School Experience

Michigan Connections Academy has revived my love for teaching. I can spend my time working with teachers, parents, and students to give my students the best education and support I can. I feel valued by my grade level, teams, and administrators. I am encouraged while also given the autonomy to do my job. Teaching online gives me more flexibility in creating my work schedule while still being able to be a mom and have a life outside of the school day.

Michigan Connections Academy helps students be successful by giving them opportunities to interact with teachers and peers in a more individualized setting. Students who attend Michigan Connections Academy are bound for greatness as they have to be organized, prepared, motivated, and willing to put in the time and effort to do well. Virtual schooling can be difficult as it is easy to get sidetracked and off task. However, the students who can stay focused and do well in their studies show grit and tenacity that will serve them well in their future endeavors.

My Interests

Our family likes watching shows, taking camping trips, going for walks, and playing games. I also enjoy monthly dinner dates with my friends

I take pride in the relationships that I form with my students. I make it a priority to get to know my students and for them to know me. We incorporate our lives into the lessons when possible. I even take road trips to meet up with families who are all over the state

— Ms. Dumond
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