Phillip Hunt is Jacksonville High School “2018 Teacher of the Year”
Phillip Hunt brings out the best in young minds every day influencing them to reach their full potential. He is always going the extra mile, making himself available for his students. This is what earned him the top teaching honor this year at Jacksonville High School.
Hunt is in his fourth year at JHS. He teaches eighth and ninth grade Social Studies. He also is head coach of the girls’ junior high basketball team and junior high baseball team. Hunt is a 1996 graduate of Emma Sansom High School. He attended Gadsden State before transitioning and graduating from Jacksonville State University. Before coming to JHS, Hunt taught STEM enrichment for Gadsden City’s 21st Century Program and then taught test and preparedness skills at Sylvan Learning Center. He always had teaching and coaching in the back of his mind, but originally thought he would teach art because he earned an art scholarship; however, later changed to Social Studies because of his love for History. He is married to wife Erin and they have two children, Annie Grace, 15, and Samuel Cooper, 7. “My wife is my lifeline,” says Hunt. His hobbies include music, playing the guitar, and golf. “I love sports,” says Hunt. “I still enjoy playing a little basketball. I also enjoy spending time with my family. We like to go hiking.”
When asked how he feels about his recent honor Hunt says, “I am very appreciative and grateful, but actually shocked to have been chosen as the “Teacher of the Year” at Jacksonville High School. There are so many good teachers here at JHS. I’m truly honored and not sure how to handle it all.”
"Mr. Hunt is loved and respected by students and peers alike. He has a calm demeanor and sets a wonderful example for his students. His ability to establish a strong relationship with his students allows him to deliver his content (Social Studies) very effectively. Hunt’s students think very highly of him,” stated JHS Principal, Russel Waits. JHS student Parker Comisac says, “Coach Hunt is a great teacher that really cares about you as a student and as an individual. His class is always exciting and fun because of the cool assignments.”
When asked what his favorite thing about his job was, Hunt said that it is without a doubt the KIDS. “Getting their perspectives and different personalities on what we are doing. Knowing that they walk out of here with a little knowledge, a little humor, and the fact that I have helped them in any way is very rewarding. Some days you feel like you’re on top of your game, and others you are just glad you made it through the day. But at the end of the day, it’s all about them. They are all unique and special in their own way.” As far as future plans, Hunt said he would like to move forward in education, whether it be in the classroom or as some type of mentor to students. “As for now, I really enjoy teaching and coaching.”
Thank you, Coach Hunt, for being such a wonderful role model for our children.
Photo & Story by Anita Kilgore