Manual High School teacher wins Excel Award

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by Gary Roedemeier

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 9, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 9 at 6:34 PM

   LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Louisville's Manual High School added to its long list of Excel Award winning teachers Wednesday. Allison Hunt became the 13th teacher at Manual to be honored with a gold apple over the 21 years the Excel has been presented.
   A fellow teacher says Hunt has the ability to make good students into great students. They become great students in history, geography, and government. And that means Hunt’s classroom space is very much in demand.
   Hunt is surrounded by students. She has big classes, 30 students and sometimes more. Her classes are in demand because she surrounds them with subjects like world history. Sometimes it's about events years ago, sometimes it’s about the front page.
   She hopes they avoid mistakes so history doesn't repeat itself, and there is a lot of history. The pace and extent of an A.P. course can be testing even for good students. Advanced placement is the Promised Land where Hunt leads her students as she prepared them for college. And their high test scores are part of the dividend from her hard work, work that created this moment.
   The Excel Award brought a $1,000 check from LG&E KU, and praise from her principal for educational leadership. Hunt says she wants her students to leave this classroom with a better understanding of the world. “Social studies is where you learn about people and you learn about the mistakes, most importantly, that other people have made, and the consistent mistakes, unfortunately,” says Hunt.
   Hunt says if there's one thing on her wish list this year it would be a larger classroom.
   We're right in the middle of the Excel Award season. The Excel for the Elizabethtown Independent School System is March 2. There will be nine more Excel presentations during this academic year.

 

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