60-Second Interview: Dr. Heather Hunt: Academic Dean, Biology teacher
When I was growing up, I wanted to be:
I got into education because:
A word that describes my approach to teaching/ working with teenagers:
I am constantly surprised by:
The level of creativity our students display when they are allowed to utilize their specific strengths to demonstrate understanding.
I know I'm reaching a student when:
They go out of their way to say hello to me in the hallway, or stop to chat and make more of a personal connection outside of the classroom.
A favorite project I've done with students:
My favorite project to date was the popsicle project we did in 9th-grade biology last year, for which students designed a healthy, tasty, and visually appealing ice pop. They had to research healthy ingredients, interview a nutritionist, plan a budget, and market their product to others during a taste testing event.
I am currently reading:
The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant and Blind Devotion by Cathy Symons (this is because my dog was recently diagnosed with partial blindness).
List a few ingredients of the Marvelwood 'special sauce':
A smile, empathy, understanding, and dash of inspiration!
This is what I would tell my first-year/ first-month-teaching self:
Don't be afraid to try out new methods of teaching for understanding.
What I like about teaching at Marvelwood:
I like that I have the autonomy to teach my material differently each year, depending on the types of learners I have. I am not under deadlines, like traditional public schools, so I can adjust my teaching schedule to be sure my students are understanding and not being left behind.
The funniest/ most interesting/ most memorable thing a student said:
One of my most memorable moments was when a student emailed me to say that they were watching Jeopardy and when a question about DNA came up, they had the correct answer because of what they learned in my class! (This was actually Maggie Everett '16 who is now a teaching intern at Marvelwood!)
Three things I want my students to take away:
- Happy memories from their time in high school
- Marvelwood will always be their home
- If they put their minds to it they can accomplish anything
When I'm not teaching, I like to:
Read, camp, scrapbook
Since Heather started working at Marvelwood as a register, she's earned a Master's as well as a doctorate degree in Education. Heather is the Academic Dean and teaches biology. She lives on Skiff Mountain with her husband, Brian, who is Marvelwood's Safety Coordinator, and their son Brian, who is very excited to be a freshman at Marvelwood in September.