Hi! My name is Colleen Bunce. I am a sixth grade teacher at Jarvis Middle School. I currently teach English/STREAM and have been teaching for 17 years.
What do you like best about what you do?
I love teaching kids to be excited about learning; whether that be getting them excited about a piece of literature or talking about what’s happening in the news.
What event here at Central Valley CSD has made/makes a difference to you personally and in your career?
Teaching in a combined district in the STREAM program has had the largest impact on me. I get to work with other teachers and learn new ways to teach children.
Where are you involved outside of school and what do you like best about it?
I have spent most of my life being involved in athletics. I coached softball at Mohawk for 11 years, I give pitching lessons, and have been on the AYSO soccer board. I also volunteer my time at church. I love being with kids and helping them become better at what they do.
What former jobs have you held?
I have worked at Sylvan Learning Center, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and both Ilion and Mohawk Big M’s. The last 17 years I have been teaching in Mohawk/Central Valley’s Elementary School.
Where were you educated?
I graduated from Mohawk High School, went to college at Herkimer College, Utica College, and LeMoyne.
Where have you lived?
I grew up in Mohawk all of my life and built my house in Mohawk.
If you could do anything on a weekend, what would you do?
I would go for a run or bike ride, or I would love to relax by the pool with a book.
What book and/or author are you currently reading?
I can only read for pleasure during the summer, but I want to read The Life and Legend of Chris Kyle and Unbroken.
If we were to listen to your iPod or sound system, what would be playing?
You might hear anything from One by Metallica, Fireball by Pitbull, Animals by Maroon 5, or Take Me to Church by Hozier.
What is your favorite television show/movie/actor?
I love Anthony Hopkins; he has always been my favorite actor since The Silence of the Lambs. My favorite television show is Criminal Minds.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Due to the long, cold winter, I would love to be sitting on a cruise ship heading somewhere hot and tropical!
What one thing would you share that people might not know about you?
The most unique characteristic about myself is the fact that I am a triplet. I have two bothers; one in New mexico and one in Chicago. I also have a brother that is seven years older than me.