A good teacher is like a candle; it consumes itself to light the way of others. (Mustafa Kemal Ataturk).
Miss Simpson is a dedicated and vibrant educator who serves as a second grade teacher at Hunter GT/AIG Magnet Elementary.. She hails from the tropical island of Jamaica where she attended the Caribbean’s oldest teacher training institution, ‘The Mico University College’. Miss Simpson’s first love for teaching began with the desire to make a difference in students’ lives. She is an enthusiastic educator; who utilizes strategies such as the Differentiated Instruction and Project-Based Learning. She vehemently believes that teaching is way more than merely imparting knowledge to students but it also entails helping students to find their best versions of themselves and embrace it. During Miss Simpson’s spare time, she enjoys going to the beach and spending time with her family members. Miss Simpson is elated to be a member of the Hunter Family and is committed to providing a solid education and instilling core values in all students.
Ms. Gilbert is excited to join the second grade team at Hunter GT/AIG Magnet Elementary. She loves the community and positive atmosphere the Hunter offers. She was born in Raleigh and was raised just next door in Apex. Ms. Gilbert is a proud graduate of Appalachian State University where she enjoyed hiking, snowboarding, and anything outdoors. She has a passion for travel and has found herself all over the US and abroad, including the opportunity to teach in Ireland. In her free time, she loves to paint and spend time with her new puppy Rex. Ms. Gilbert looks forward to creating a classroom environment that is safe and caring for all students while challenging the students to do their best.
Mrs. Stewart serves as a second grade teacher at Hunter. She first joined the Hunter community as a parent when the oldest of her two daughters began Kindergarten. Before her children were born, Mrs. Stewart spent many years as a Wake County magnet school teacher during which time she earned her National Board Certification, served as a mentor to new teachers, and wrote elective curricula for magnet programs. Mrs. Stewart loves to see students learn to work together to take on challenges and solve problems. She enjoys teaching all subjects, but especially loves teaching writing and math because they allow her to gain insight into students’ thinking and interests! In her free time, she can often be found exploring downtown museums or greenway trails. She loves to travel, especially to the beach.
Mr. Harvey has proudly served at Hunter Elementary as both a Second and Third Grade teacher. He was wooed away from suburban WCPSS schools by the exciting things happening at Hunter and the way learning comes alive through the magnet curriculum. Having a background in History, he delights in teaching electives such as "Getting Wrapped Up in Mummies" where Cornish hens are mummified, "Destiny Travel" where students are submerged in the cultures of various countries around the world (many of which Mr. Harvey has first-hand experience), and "Cradle of Civilizations."
Mr. Harvey integrates technology at every turn encouraging his students to tweet (#HarveysHeroes), and Skype, as well as create powerful presentations using various computer programs/apps. #DigitalPortfolios. He has the highest expectations for all of his students and empowers his students to own their learning through Project Based Learning assignments, leadership experiences, and by adjusting the content of lessons to meet the interests and needs of his students. In addition, he welcomes any community stakeholders into his classroom if it will make the content more exciting or create a one-of-a-kind experience for his students.
When Mr. Harvey is not at Hunter GT / AIG Magnet Elementary he can be found strolling his infant daughter Eleanor (and perhaps Frenchie named Ginny) around DtR with his wife Melissa or riding his bicycle probably with the latest Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) novel under his arm. Just maybe, he's seizing the day at Yellow Dog Bakery or The Morning Times. It should be known that Mr. Harvey is also an anglophile and welcomes conversations about all things British (he not-so-secretly hopes that Eleanor will have a British accent).