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School: Bunnell Elementary School

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County: Flagler

Certifications: BCBA, CPR


Virginia Keck, known as Ms. Gin, has been a Para-professional in the Pre-K ESE classrooms at Bunnell Elementary, Bunnell, FL since 2003. She is originally from Carlisle, PA and moved to FL in 1985. Initially Virginia became involved in her children's school in Volusia County where she worked as a Substitute Teacher. Later she became a Classroom Aide in the Kindergarten classroom at Longstreet Elementary, Daytona Beach Shores, FL. After her children graduated she moved to Bunnell where she now lives with her husband and enjoys visits from her three children and four grandchildren. With the encouragement of her husband, she started classes at Daytona Beach Community College majoring in elementary education. She wanted to attend college to become a Kindergarten Teacher. To date, Virginia has completed the STAR Program for Substitute Teachers, CDS (Child Care Development Specialist) Certificate, Child Development Certificate of Graduation, the Child Care Management Program along with the special needs course, and Children and Families Foster Children and Surrogate Parent Training. Virginia also completed a four-year REACH Program through NEFEC. She is still working and learning every day at Bunnell Elementary School with the Pre-K ESE. She has been inspired by so many wonderful teachers. For Virginia teaching and working with children is the most challenging and rewarding profession one can choose. Her goal is life is to make a difference in a child's life and prepare them for the future. You can be anything you want to be if you work at it and try hard enough.

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