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Ms. Danine Bruner
I was born in Pensacola, Florida. When I was in 2nd grade, my parents, younger brother and I moved to Charlotte, NC. The summer before my 10th grade year, we moved to Sylacuaga, AL and that is where I graduated high school in May 1884. During high school, I worked at McDonald's and became one of the birthday party hostesses. The summer before I started college, I became a teacher's aide in a summer program for special needs children. In fall of 1984, I started at Auburn University and was majoring in Architecture, but by the end of my very first quarter, I knew I had to pursue my life-long dream of being a teacher...and I knew I had to work with special needs children. In December 1988, I graduated from Auburn with a degree in Early Childhood Education for the Handicapped. On the day that I graduated from Auburn, I found out that I had gotten a job with Lee County Schools. I began my first day at, the then, Smiths Station Elementary, teaching 2nd & 3rd grade students with Specific Learning Disabilities. After 4 years of teaching, I began working on my Master's degree. I earned a Master's Degree in Specific Learning Disabilities from Columbus College in Columbus, GA in June 1993.
Later, the original Smiths Elementary became Smiths Intermediate School (and is currently Smiths Elementary West). I began teaching 4th-6th grade students with learning disabilties. In August 2000, I began working at Loachapoka Elementary as a special education teacher for grades K-3. In 2002, I took a teaching job with preschoolers that required me to travel to the HeadStart classrooms in Auburn and Opelika; as well as, the daycares to serve 3-5 year olds with special needs. In 2005, Lee County partnered with HeadStart and I returned to a classrom in Darden Center for 2 years. Lee County sent a paraeducator to the Darden classroom as well. My associate was Cornelia Gibson. My class at Darden included typically developing children. I was now an inclusive preschool teacher because I taught both typical and special needs students. In 2007, my inclusive preschool class was moved onto the campus of LES. We no longer have an offical partnership with Headstart; but, Ms. Gibson and I are still together. Our classroom is still an inclusive preschool class with students that are both typically developing and special needs. We make a great team!
I currently live in Tallassee, AL (and have since 1997) with my 2 children. I have a twins...a girl and a boy...that were born in December 2002. They began the 2018-2019 school year as 10th graders. I spend much of my free time taking them to their various activities; which will include robotics and show choir this year. We have 2 pets: a chihuahua named Sophie and a cat named Pumpkin. During the little bit of time I have to myself, I enjoy watching movies, reading books, being creative and doing crafts. Currently, my mother and I make beaded jewelry that we sell at various craft shows in Alabama.