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Vanguard chemistry teacher named finalist for Florida’s Teacher of the Year

Euan Hunter

Vanguard High School IB chemistry teacher Euan Hunter is a finalist for Florida’s 2021 Teacher of the Year.

Hunter, Marion County’s current Teacher of the Year, was one of five finalists surprised with the announcement Thursday during online Zoom meetings hosted by Chancellor Jacob Oliva and Dep. Chancellor Dr. Paul Burns with the Florida Department of Education.

Named Marion County’s 2020 Teacher of the Year in January, Hunter donated the cash equivalent of a new car lease he won to the Public Education Foundation of Marion County, which sponsors the Golden Apple teacher competition. These funds are paying for science equipment for all students to use at the Silver River Museum, where Hunter regularly takes his students on field trips.

Hunter joined Marion County Public Schools in 2015 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Edinburgh. He earned post-graduate certification in Chemistry and Science from the University of Cumbria and received a master’s in Leadership and Management from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland.

An avid grant writer, Hunter has secured more than $100,000 in grants to not only benefit his students and classrooms but those throughout the district.

The Florida Department of Education typically names the Teacher of the Year in July out of nearly 200,000 teachers statewide.