Dunwoody, GA, January 14, 2014 -- Chesnut Charter Elementary School is pleased to announce that Toni Hunter, the school’s Music Teacher and Technology Assistant, has been named the school’s 2013-14 “Teacher of the Year.”
Ms. Hunter, a native of Rochester, New York, began her teaching career in 1996 in the Clayton County School System. She has been a teacher in the DeKalb County School System since 2000, having served as the Music Teacher for Hooper Alexander Elementary School, and the Special Area Grade Chairperson and Technology Liaison for Avondale Elementary School. She was awarded Avondale Elementary School’s “Teacher of the Year” in 2005.
Ms. Hunter has performed as a background vocalist for both Aretha Franklin and George Michael. She has also performed in the chorus at the Atlanta Opera and as a guest vocalist for several churches in Decatur, Georgia.
Ms. Hunter said, “I am passionate about music. I enjoy teaching the students what I believe to be a very diverse and enriched curriculum, and leading a music program that reinforces the students' homeroom lessons. It is also rewarding to see the children embrace the exposure to different cultures through music.”
Ms. Hunter earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the Crane School of Music of The State University of New York at Potsdam, and her Masters Degree in Instructional Technology from NOVA Southeastern University.