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                                 Our Schools
Bringing the Funk
West Salem Elementary’s Natalie DiFusco-Funk is named Teacher of the Year.
  I By Mike Stevens
and after 11 months of long distance dating we finally got engaged and married,” she says. “He was born and raised in Roanoke, so that’s how we ended up here.”
this honor, and I am very appreciative and humbled by it,” says DiFusco-Funk. “I really do love my job and this is something
f you think it’s a long shot for a Rhode Island native to become Salem’s Teacher of the Year, you might want to
As a wife, mother and educator, DiFusco-Funk has starred in nationwide teaching videos, conquered the Boston Marathon and consistently prepared her students for the all-important
I have wanted to do since I was in the fifth grade myself. There was no other career path for me and I just feel very fortunate that I am able to do something I love every day
 know that Natalie DiFusco-Funk has been defying odds for a long time.
“For one thing, I met my husband through mutual friends at the Foxfield horse races
and get paid for it.”
She began her
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jump to middle school. “My mom
teaching career in Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston, where she taught fourth grade for seven years. In 2010, she moved to Virginia and was hired as a reading specialist by Botetourt County schools. The next year, she joined the Salem School Division and returned to the classroom as a fifth grade teacher at West
cried when
I told her
about
Salem. “My goal every year is to create a community in my classroom where the students are happy and feel














































































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