Degrees and Certifications:

Heather Dunning

Current Position: 4th Grade Teacher

Teaching History: 

2022-2023 Fourth Grade Teacher, Kings Beach Elementary School 

2021-2022 First Grade Teacher, Truckee Elementary School 

2020-2021 Reading Intervention Teacher grades 3-5, Truckee Elementary School 

Prior to joining TTUSD in 2018 as a substitute teacher, I worked with non-profit community youth programs for over 10 years. My background of cultivating connections within communities and encouraging young people to discover their potential through art, garden-based learning, and community engagement remains a valuable foundation for my work as an educator today.


Teaching Passion: 

It is a joy to support students to develop grit and become part of their own positive transformation. The focus of my teaching has largely been dedicated to literacy instruction and applying the science of reading in the classroom. Through collaborations with students, colleagues, and families, I support the diverse learning goals of my students and find the process of these collaborations highly inspiring. 

Outside interests: 

In addition to being an educator and Kings Beach community member, I am also the mother of a colorful young daughter, wife, friend, and enthusiast of wild spaces. I enjoy gardening, camping, riding my bicycle, making things with my hands, reading, writing, and exploring the many corners and cultures of our world - an interest that has led to adventures in 12 different countries. My travels have offered unique insights into the overall goodness of humanity, along with a slew of valuable life lessons, many of which helped shape who I am and undoubtedly influence how I show up in the classroom.