Lincoln Academy

Charter School

Educating with Excellence

 2nd Grade Team



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2nd Grade Team

Welcome Class of 2028!

Mrs. Melissa Dunn

I’m Melissa Dunn, third year teacher at Lincoln Academy. I can’t tell you how honored I am to be part of this school and its incredible community. I began my career in education in Boulder Valley School District. I was a Sign Language Interpreter there for eight years. I then completed my teaching residency at Alicia Sanchez International School. I’m extremely excited to be returning to Lincoln Academy this year for my third year of teaching second grade!

I attended Metropolitan State University of Denver where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Linguistics. I’m have completed my Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Literacy at the University of Colorado, Denver.

I have always been passionate about working with children and I honestly can’t imagine being in a more fulfilling career. Second grade is truly a magical time in student development. Students integrate the skills that they’ve acquired in previous years and their academics and social skills really blossom. I am truly looking forward to another year of working with all the amazing students at Lincoln Academy!

Please know that I have an open door policy and you’re more than welcome to stop by and see me with any concerns or ideas that you may have.


Educational Assistant: Jennifer Sujansky


Mrs. Karen Dwyer

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year.  I am Karen Dwyer, one of Lincoln Academy’s second grade teachers.  I am honored to be teaching at Lincoln and one of the things I value the most is parent involvement in education.  The community at Lincoln Academy is remarkable and I am looking forward to an amazing year of learning and growth. This will be my 17th year of teaching, and I have to say that I am one lucky lady.  I am fortunate enough to have found my calling; I am passionate about teaching!   I grew up in the Arvada area, and received my Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Northern Colorado and my Master’s Degree from Regis University.

In second grade we have an exciting year ahead.  I believe it will be an amazing year of gaining wisdom.  We will take a hands-on approach to learning.  I want your children to love school, and it is my intention to motivate them and to make learning fun.   It is their job to be responsible and respectful of themselves and others.  With this in mind, we will have a glorious time traipsing through Asia and Ancient Greece, getting to know John Henry and Susan B. Anthony,, and learning about immigration and our Constitution. We will be intrigued by the water cycle, simple machines, and the human body.  All the while, before our very eyes the young writers, readers, and mathematicians you know will be taking it to the next level.  They will wow themselves with their successes in the year ahead.

I am grateful for the opportunity to work with and get to know your family this year!


Educational Assistant: Niamh Apple


Mrs. Dawn Bennett

Hello!  Welcome to 2nd Grade at Lincoln Academy!
My name is Dawn Bennett.  I am excited to be your 2nd grade teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. This is my second year teaching here at Lincoln Academy, but this is my 5th year as part of the Lincoln community. This past year I taught kindergarten and prior to that worked in our Department of Student Success.  I also had the amazing opportunity to student teaching in second grade. I am thrilled to be joining the 2nd Grade Team! 
My husband and I are both Colorado natives and love living in Arvada. We have a son in 3rd grade and a daughter in kindergarten, both here at Lincoln Academy.  I am excited to make this the best school year!! 


Educational Assistant: Donna Randall