Leah Hunt of Renaissance School Wins The Valley's Top Teacher!

Congrats to the Elementary School Teacher

ATHENS, Al. - Leah Hunt of Renaissance School in Athens has spent more than three decades of her life serving students.

She says her favorite part about teaching is seeing students achieve those light bulb moments.

She grew up playing teacher with imaginary students, and now she is living her life-long dream, going on thirty-two years of teaching.

"There is no better reward than to see a child's face light up and to think 'maybe I had something to do with it.' That's what I hope they remember me for," said Mrs. Hunt. "Not about what I taught, just that they remember I cared about them."

Students say they can feel she truly cares. They say Mrs. Hunt is loving, kind, and actually makes learning fun.

"She's a fun teacher and she does fun activities," said student, Nicholas Gilbert.

"Mrs. Hunt is really nice,'" said student, Carolyn Sims. "She gives us starburst. That's what makes it fun. I like when she says 'l-i-s' and we say 't-e-n.'

Students also say their grades have improved, all thanks to Mrs. Hunt.

"Mrs. Hunt is an awesome teacher," said student, Avery Scarborough. She's amazing. She helps so much with everything."

One of Mrs. Hunt's former students, Toni Bailey, is now a teacher. She says she looks up to The Valley's Top Teacher in many ways.

"She's an awesome person," said Bailey. "She's someone you can talk to and count on. Just the way she utilizes technology. I think that's one thing I emulate."

"It's pretty neat," said Mrs. Hunt in regards to her teaching career coming full circle as she sees her former student now teaching. "The only bad thing about that is that it shows my age," Hunt laughs. "She's great to work with."

Mrs. Hunt says while it's great to see her students catch on quick, it is more fulfilling to her to see them work extra hard for that light bulb moment.

"I try to set that stage with them that mistakes are okay," said Mrs. Hunt. "That's how we learn. You learn to walk by falling down, a bike by falling down. I want them to be able to take risks and not be afraid of that."

Mrs. Hunt also says she strives to lead by example, showing that she can overcome her failures or weaknesses, too.

"In taking risks, you fail, and in failure you learn, so we just work through that."

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