2 Hunt High teachers earn training scholarships

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Two Hunt High School teachers have been awarded prestigious teacher training scholarships, one of which is named for the mothers of former Gov. Jim Hunt and former first lady Carolyn Hunt.

Lisa N. Lewis and Angela W. Nance of Hunt High School recently participated in professional development programs at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching in Cullowhee. Also participating in NCCAT programs were Joseph Hayes and Christine Mitchell of Wilson County Schools and Bryan T. Holley of Lee Woodard Elementary School.

Lewis was named the center’s 2018-19 Elsie Brame Hunt and Noma Henderson Leonard honored educator scholar. Jim and Carolyn Hunt of Wilson County established the scholarship in honor of their mothers.

Carolyn Hunt’s mother, Noma Henderson Leonard, was of pioneering stock who taught in a one-room schoolhouse that still stands near Colfax, Iowa, today. Leonard taught until she got married and was forced to quit because of the prohibition on married schoolteachers.

Jim Hunt’s mother, Elsie Brame Hunt, was an English teacher in Wilson, Johnston and Guilford counties. She concluded her teaching career as a librarian at Rock Ridge High School where her sons, Jim and Robert, graduated. The scholarship pays tribute to their lifelong commitment to their students and to the teaching profession.

Nance was named the center’s 2018-19 John F. and Emy Swindell Hinnant honored educator scholar, which is also named for Wilson County education leaders.

As lifelong educators and NCCAT alumni, both Emy and John Hinnant began teaching in 1970. During careers that spanned more than 60 years combined in North Carolina schools, Emy taught English and John taught science and history.

With more than 30 of these years in Wilson County Schools, where both John and Emy Hinnant were chosen as Teachers of the Year, the scholarship was established to honor their dedication and commitment to the profession of teaching.

The NCCAT’s honored educator scholarship program gives tribute to outstanding individuals and educators by providing scholarship funds in their names.

The center works to provide teachers with knowledge, skills, teaching methods and information to take back to their classroom in order to improve public education by increasing teacher effectiveness.

For more information, visit www.nccat.org or call 828-293-5202.