Daughter of two Dunedin High teachers named 'Unsung Hero'
Thursday evening was a big night for celebrations in the Pinellas school district. In addition to honoring Coachman Fundamental Middle School teacher Bridget Bohnet as the 2009 Outstanding Educator, the district recognized Amanda Hunt, the daughter of two Dunedin High School teachers, for being the superintendent’s “Unsung Hero.”
The award was created to honor family members who support a teacher’s success. Hunt was selected from among 39 nominations for her “undying dedication, love and sacrifice for her family,” according to a district news release.
Eight months ago, Hunt’s brother, Philip, lapsed into a coma while awaiting surgery to remove a baseball-sized tumor from his brain. Hunt returned from Denver, where she was living and working, so that her parents could continue teaching.
She received $1,000 from the Pinellas Education Foundation at Thursday night’s award ceremony at Ruth Eckerd Hall.
Other finalists for the Unsung Hero award were Christopher O’Toole, husband of Nancy Velardi, a 10th grade English teacher at Pinellas Park High; Tom Giambarberee, husband of Mary Giambarberee, a teacher at Ponce de Leon Elementary; James Terry, husband of Susan Terry, a teacher at Joseph L. Carwise Middle School; and William W. Turner II, father of Suzanne Pomerantzeff, a teacher at Gibbs High. Each of them received $500 from the foundation.
Donna Winchester, Pinellas Education Reporter