POINT PLEASANT — The Eddie C. Kennedy Reading Teacher of the Year Award was recently given to Point Pleasant Primary School teacher Kimberly Handley Hunt.
Hunt is approaching her 12th year of being an educator. She attended Glenville State College and is one class away from obtaining her Master’s Degree in literacy education. Hunt has been a second grade teacher at PPPS for five years. Prior to teaching second grade, she taught general music education, pre-K, and first grade.
The West Virginia Reading Association recognizes professional educators across the state who have made an outstanding contribution in the area of reading literacy. Nominations are to represent any certified teacher in grades K-12 who have a goal of creating proficient readers and motivating their students to be lifelong learners. Kim Burris, Mason County Schools Director of Federal Programs, shared with Hunt that since she was named the Carol S. Miller Reading Teacher of the Year, she was nominated by Mason County Reading Association for the state award.
Hunt was presented with the Eddie C. Kennedy Reading Teacher of the Year award by Dr. Mary Marockie. Hunt expressed her gratitude for those around her that pushed her to become a better teacher and is thankful for the opportunities she has had to learn and grow.
She shared, “To be nominated by my peers and work family showed me how blessed I am to have such amazing people in my life that have faith in me.”
Hunt knew she wanted to be a teacher when she was a senior in high school. She was taking a class where she had to job shadow and worked in a kindergarten classroom one day.
She said, “I knew on that particular day that I wanted to be a teacher.”
As a student she struggled with reading comprehension and wanted to make her concentration in literacy instruction. Hunt’s hope is to make her students, “productive members of society with a love of reading.”
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.