First Grade Teacher, Forwood Elementary School, Brandywine School District
First Grade Teacher, Hebbville Elementary School, Baltimore County Public Schools
Substitute Teacher, Baltimore County Public Schools
Second Grade Reading Teacher, Garrison Forest School
Awards, Honors and Recognition:
Lower School Faculty Mentoring Award, 2013, The Boys' Latin School Parent Association
Rookie of the Year, 2011, The Boys' Latin School
Lower School Faculty Mentoring Award, 2016, The Boys' Latin School Parent Association
Teaching At BL:
Mrs. Jung's approach to teaching is straightforward and responsive to the needs of each learner. When planning lessons, she considers the whole child, and isn't afraid to try something new. As she says, "Listen. Observe. Take a back seat. Let the boys be the focus. It's not about me; it's about the boys."
Mrs. Jung knows fourth graders, and it's their particular characteristics and contradictions that make her love what she does as a teacher.
As she explains, "Fourth grade boys are stuck in the middle. They still want attention and approval, and they will even sit back and read with a stuffed animal, but also want to test the waters in terms of independence."
"They are branching out, discovering their true likes and dislikes, finding out where their talents and interests lie. They enjoy a novel, but will still become entranced by a picture book. They are forming relationships with one another that go beyond common interests, and begin seeing each other as people."
"Fourth graders have some filter capabilities, but will still tell you how they feel, or blurt out a comment that is authentic, and often funny. They forgive quickly, and move on. They love to help. They can be bribed with food. Maybe this doesn't ever go away?"
As a teacher, Mrs. Jung also realizes that her fourth graders "haven't necessarily figured out when they are being 'tricked' into learning. They just want to know it all, and they get excited when they 'get it.' They cheer for each other. They think they are big, but look up to the big guys across the bridge."
What she loves about BL is that the school offers her the professional freedom to develop lessons based on the boys' strengths and needs. There's no insistence on a one-size-fits-all curriculum. It's a freedom that she takes seriously as she challenges herself to be a better teacher each year, open to fresh ideas, often from her own students.
More than anything else, Mrs. Jung loves the sense of community at BL where so many personal connections make the school feel like home.
Mrs. Jung is the mother of three girls whom she describes as "beautiful, smart, funny, athletic, well-rounded girls." She says, "I am proud of the work I do as a teacher, but nothing will top how proud I am to be their mom. I cannot believe that I get to be their mom and I tell them that every day."