Wilhelmina Van Hunnick, a teacher at Kennedy High School, is a teacher in pursuit of excellence, one who tries to nurture the character of her students. As a result, she has gained the admiration of many. She was recently chosen as one of four Orange County teachers to compete for the statewide title of Teacher of the Year.
"I feel being chosen is a great honor, not only for me, but for all the teachers at Kennedy," said Van Hunnick, who has taught for 23 years.
The business teacher said she sets high standards, tries to provide a strong role model and reinforces a reverence for education, thus giving every one of her students--regardless of his or her ability--the opportunity to achieve goals.
"Every student can work to his or her ability and is not satisfied until his best is done," Van Hunnick said. "With all the programs for the GATE-identified (Gifted and Talented Education) and special education students, the 'average' students get lost in the shuffle."