Westfield High School

Meet Your Teacher

Name: Mrs. Dawn Cotter


Grade/Subject at what school: Fifth Grade Social Studies/ Science, Westfield Intermediate School


Number of years teaching: 15


Background/Schooling (college & high school):

Brookville High School   Brookville, Indiana

B.S. Elementary Education   Miami University   Oxford, Ohio

M.A. Education   Ball State   Muncie, Indiana


Why did you become a teacher? I have known I wanted to be a teacher since I was in elementary school.  My favorite teacher was Mr. Thackery—middle school science.  He not only made learning fun but took the time to learn about me as a person. I strive to make an impact on children’s lives as he did mine.


What goals do you have for your students? I strive to help my students become successful, happy, life-long learners. I stress the importance of responsibility, self-motivation, organization, and enthusiasm. I want them to know I cared about them enough to teach them how to be successful in school and life even after they leave my classroom. 


What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? I encourage parents to work with me as a team to help their child gain more independence in their learning. Students are learning how to access the blog themselves, for example, instead of expecting parents to do it for them. Learning how to become independent learners now will result in successful students in Middle School, High School, and beyond.


Name your favorite movie. --Star Wars and Harry Potter


Name your favorite musician or band. –Bruce Springsteen and Chris Tomlin


What’s something your students might not know about you? 

 I confess; I love to watch Duck Dynasty. Hilarious!!