Teacher of the Month: Ms. Julie Hunter Reply

Ms. Hunter Skydiving

BaccRag: Where did you work before you came to BSGE?

Ms. Hunter: At another school, in New York.

What do you think of BSGE so far?

It’s really great, it’s a really special place. The students are really good, the building is really clean, the staff is really good, my boss is good, the neighborhood is good. I really love it here, I really like this school.

Was math your favorite subject in high school?

Yeah, it was.

What kind of math?

Well, it’s kind of hard to remember high school, even though it wasn’t that long ago. We didn’t learn things in the same order as you guys. I really liked algebra, actually. And geometry.

When did you decide you wanted to teach math?

When I graduated during the Recession, and I had trouble finding a job, I went back to school to become a teacher, because both my parents were teachers, and I figured – why not.

What college did you go to?

Stonybrook.

Where are you from originally?

Brooklyn.

What grade is your favorite grade to teach?

All of high school.

Why teenagers?

Because they’re smarter than little kids, they’re more fun, they’re opinionated, they’re more outgoing. And they’re just more interesting.

What’s the most annoying thing that students do in your class?

Using cell phones in class. I really hated that. But I don’t see that here. Or eating in class. Oh my god, I hated that so much. But I also don’t see that here.

You mentioned in class that you skydive a lot. What’s the coolest place you’ve ever skydived at?

“Skydive Chicago” – it’s in Ottawa, Illinois. It’s a really great drop zone. The people there are great, the land is good and the airplanes are good.

Why do you like skydiving?

It’s a lot of fun. I mean, you should try it sometime. If you want to know why I like it, you should just try it, you’ll see.

There’s no way we’re going to have a skydiving field trip, right?

*laughs* I doubt that anyone would ever let me do such a thing. It would be so not allowed on so many levels. They don’t even let kids swim, because they’re afraid you guys will drown. So I doubt they’d let you go 15,000 feet into the air, and just jump out of the plane.

What are your other hobbies?

It’s pretty much just skydiving, but I used to do a lot, really intensely, of hot yoga. I did it for three years, but when I started working, I didn’t have much time. But yeah, that was a big hobby of mine.

If you were stuck on a desert island, what three things would you bring?

An airplane that could fly itself, and my parachute. And a really good book.

So you own your own parachute?

I do, yeah.

What’s your favorite food?

Pizza.

What’s your favorite topic to teach?

Statistics. That’s what my degree is in, so anything related to statistics. I guess that would have been my favorite thing in high school, but I don’t actually remember learning statistics in high school.

What are you looking forward to the most about teaching at BSGE this year?

This year? I don’t know about this year, but I’m really looking forward to watching my kids graduate. I love that. I love watching my students graduate. It’s so much fun.

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