Georgetown College graduate Allison Hunt ’99, a Social Studies teacher at Louisville’s DuPont Manual, was named 2013 Kentucky High School Teacher of the Year by Ashland Inc. and the Kentucky Department of Education at a ceremony Wednesday (Oct. 17) in Frankfort’s Capitol Rotunda.
The former Political Science and Business Administration area studies major may have been surprised, but Georgetown Business professor Scott Takacs wasn’t. “Allison Martin (Hunt) was a brilliant student,” Dr. Takacs recalled. “Her classmates and I knew she’d go on to great things, because she was the kind of young woman who was capable of anything.”
Takacs continued, “To be honest, I wasn’t sure if she’d make her mark in government, business, or education – she had gifts in all of these areas. For the sake of her students, I’m glad she went the education route.”
Takacs also has great memories of working with Allison in summer 2005 in the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program at Bellarmine College. “She was as gifted as a teacher as she was as a student. She cares for and about her students. She enables learning with a humility that makes her an incredible educator, but the last person to think of herself that way. I’m proud to call her a friend, but unsurprised at the award. Kentucky is blessed to have her as a teacher.”
Allison was also surprised the day after the Kentucky Teacher of the Year awards were announced when Georgetown College president Bill Crouch dropped by Manual to present her with a planter. “I got a call from the main office to come downstairs…and I recognized his face…but it took me a minute to realize it was President Crouch since this was so out of context,” she said.
“She was thrilled!,” Dr. Crouch said. “I told her we needed her to send us some good students – and (Allison) replied she had several she was pointing our way!”
Allison has plenty of good GC experiences to tell her students, too – even though she finished in two and a half years! One year she managed the Investment Team (when it did very well), she was Speaker Pro Tempore with AGS (forerunner to SGA), she competed on the Speech and Debate team, and she was a member of Phi Beta Lambda and Phi Mu.
The over-all 2013 Kentucky Teacher of the Year award went to Kristal Doolin, a language arts teacher at Corbin Middle School. Heidi Givens, a teacher of deaf and hard-of-hearing students at Tamarack Elementary in Daviess County, was named 2013 Elementary School Teacher of the Year.
Here’s what the KDE press release had to say about Allison:
Allison Hunt is a ten-year teaching veteran who has taught social studies at duPont Manual High for five years. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Georgetown College and a master’s degree at the University of Louisville.
Hunt mentors student teachers, implemented an AP Human Geography course, sponsors the school’s History Club and is a member of the School-Based Decision Making Council.
She has received WHAS-TV Excellence in Classroom and Educational Leadership, National Society of High School Scholars, Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction and Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership awards.
Hunt’s professional affiliations include the Foundation for Teaching Economics Professional Teaching Association, Global Association of Teachers of Economics, Kentucky Geography Alliance, National Council for Geographic Education, College Board, AP Human Geography, Kentucky Association for Teachers of History and the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
Two other Georgetown College graduates were among the 24 who were honored in Frankfort on Wednesday (Oct. 17) at the 2013 Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards ceremony: Christi Elkins-Gabbard ‘95, Lexington Traditional Magnet School in Fayette County and Cheryl Nance ’95 (MA ’00), Collins Lane Elementary in Franklin County.