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Spotlight on South Huntington's Teacher of the Year

Walt Whitman High School Principal John Murphy (left) and Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos congratulate Walt Whitman’s and South Huntington School District’s Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Rose Bunnell. thumbnail162042
Walt Whitman High School Principal John Murphy (left) and Assistant Principal Jon Varlamos congratulate Walt Whitman’s and South Huntington School District’s Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Rose Bunnell.

Throughout our careers, we are rarely acknowledged for all the positive work we do. In the case of Mrs. Rose Bunnell, this could not be truer. Her guidance, leadership and poise have added to the overall demeanor of the building. In truth, Mrs. Bunnell has ultimately shaped the culture of the building through her mentorship of both student and faculty alike. While many would have become complacent or rigid in their instruction, Mrs. Bunnell has continued to grow and encompass new elements and ideas to motivate and inspire.

The daughter of immigrants from Italy, Mrs. Bunnell came to the U.S. not knowing the language. This experience inspired her to teach language, knowing the struggles she felt as a child and the power of mastering a language can have on people. Within her time at high school she decided to dedicate herself to the study of language, taking Spanish, French and Italian. After graduating from Commack High School, Rose Bunnell attended CW Post receiving her Bachelors in Italian Language and Masters in TESOL. Over the course of her 37-year career, Mrs. Bunnell has taught both Spanish and Italian to the students of Whitman. She has touched the lives of so many students, reinventing her own practice and style to fit the needs of an ever-changing population. Her pure love of teaching has inspired so many others to become teachers themselves, many of them within the faculty of Whitman today.

What makes Mrs. Bunnell so great? The answer is simple, it is because she cares about all around her. Her constant presence and focus on student success is why so many have come to know and love her. Her impact will live on for generations to come and has molded the face of Whitman for the better.