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New teacher aims for bright start

August 10, 2009|By MARLO BARNHART

FUNKSTOWN -- A city girl, Sara Jungerheld said her new colleagues at the Funkstown School for Early Childhood Education have been helping her adjust to small-town living.

Jungerheld, 22, will be teaching kindergarten at the school, which caters to those in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. She is the only new teacher at the school this year.

"I've always wanted to teach young children," Jungerheld said.

A former resident of Pasadena, Md., in Anne Arundel County, she graduated cum laude from Villa Julie College in Stevenson, Md. Her degree is in early childhood education.

Jungerheld credits some of her early teachers for building her enthusiasm for being a kindergarten teacher.

"It is so very important to give children a good start -- not only to expand their minds and education, but to be good people and good citizens," Jungerheld said.

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When school starts Aug. 19, Jungerheld said she will be anxious to guide her children into a bright future.

"There will be manners in the classroom and a high level of respect," she said. "And I plan to explore and learn from them, too."

She has been settling into a new home in Washington County, as well as her new classroom at the Funkstown school.

"I am really looking forward to meeting the families of my children," Jungerheld said. "Uniting children and families and the community of Funkstown will be important."

Approximately 200 children will be attending in the 2009-10 school year, according to Principal Susan Burger.

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