2019 Educators Who Make a Difference: Erin Hunter
In her 12th year of teaching, Erin Hunter is drawing a crowd to learn the secret of her success. For her, the key is making sure her fifth-grade students at Pickens Elementary School are excited to come to class.
“Fifth graders are transitioning from little to being in middle school,” she said. “It’s an important age. We do a lot of transitioning work, getting them ready for what’s next. As much as I teach, I think I learn just as much. It’s about relationships.”
Hunter, who is married and has two children, said she is surrounded by people who make her a better teacher.
“In Pickens County, we have a lot of support,” she said. “The people I work with help me grow professionally and they are just really good friends.”
Hunter has been selected as a Teacher of the Year at the school level and has been nominated for District Teacher of the Year.
According to her principal, teachers from across the district come to her classroom to observe her in action.
Students can expect to be challenged in Hunter’s class, even as she incorporates methods that keep them on their toes.
“I’m a big proponent of technology and small group teaching,” she said. “We do a lot of that.”
She said she likes to mix it up with her students, with a lot different activities to keep them interested.
“I think that makes them excited to come to class because they don’t know what’s next,” she said.