Mount Tabor CTE Teacher Receiving National Recognition
JULY 7, 2020 – At Mount Tabor High, Nadra Hunte teaches Family and Consumer Science and serves as the advisor for school’s chapter of Family, Career & Community Leaders of America.
She also works with teachers at schools throughout the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school district, supporting them in their Family and Consumer Science programs.
On Wednesday July 8, Hunte will be recognized at the national level for her work.
At the Virtual National Leadership Conference of Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), she will be one of 13 teachers from across the country receiving the 2019-2020 Adviser Mentor Award.
“It is an honor,” Hunte said.
Family and Consumer Science is part of the district’s Career Technical Education program. One of Hunte’s colleagues is Michelle Derouin, who teaches classes in Family and Consumer Science at Reagan High and serves as the advisor for the school’s chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.
The strengths that Hunte brings to her job include knowledge and tough love,” said Derroin, the N.C. Teacher of the Year for the N.C. Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.
“She is an asset to the Mount Tabor CTE Department and her knowledge in Food and Food Science are exemplary. She often jokes she is not the creative one, but she is!”
“Her abilities and ideas are second to the relationships she builds with her students and the Mount Tabor community.”
“She is a hard worker and incredibly gracious. If you tell her you need help or you need anything at all she is right there, brainstorming ideas and coming up with suggestions to help you determine the best solution. I am extremely thankful to call her a co-adviser and a best friend.”
If not for the coronavirus, the national conference would have been held in Washington, and Hunte would have taken Mount Tabor students with her to compete on the national level in projects they had completed.
It was exciting to share the stage with her students at previous conferences, she said, and she was disappointed that she and her students were not able to go.
The state conference was also held in a virtual format.
At Carver High, Barbara Knapper-Bolden teaches classes in Family and Consumer Science and serves as the advisor for the school’s chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.
“Nadra Hunte is an extremely helpful professional who has willingly volunteered her time and expertise to the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) program,” Knapper Bolden said.
“As a new chapter in 2018, Nadra reached out to our chapter at Carver High School and provided guiding support to help us become established. Nadra contributed by delivering program information related to chapter expectations and requirements, as well as chapter and member responsibilities.”
“In addition, Nadra extended her assistance by visiting one of our chapter meetings accompanied by the members and officers of her Mount Tabor High School FCCLA Chapter. During the visit, the two chapters engaged with one another socially and exchanged valuable information that helped energize, motivate, and encourage my students.”
“As a student mentor and program leader, Nadra brings several positive qualities to the FCCLA. She is knowledgeable, cooperative, and forward-thinking. Nadra has continuously made herself available to address concerns and questions that might arise related to the FCCLA. Ms. Hunte is a true asset to the organization and to the students she serves.”
Hunte just completed her ninth year at Mount Tabor. She was the 2017-18 Teacher of the Year
Hunte is from Jamaica and came here as part of the VIF (Visiting International Faculty) program, which brings teachers from other countries to the United States to teach.
“I wanted to take what I know from a different culture and implement it somewhere else,” she said.
Thanks, she said, to the efforts of Principal Ed Weiss and Shirley Bynum, who, before retiring, served as a Co-Director of Career Technical Education, Hunte was invited to stay permanently.
“Mount Tabor is home,” she said.
“I have found a family at Mount Tabor. They have welcomed me.”
Hunte has taken on a number of additional responsibilities at the school.
As Weiss once said, “She wears a lot of hats.”
Hunte was already working with the athletic and cheerleading programs at Mount Tabor, and, in the spring, she became the head coach for the cheerleading program.
Rather than meeting in person for the cheerleading tryouts, students had to try out via Zoom.
“For them, it was a little bit more nerve-wracking,” she said.
It’s one thing to perform when you are with friends and colleagues, Hunte said. It’s quite another when you are performing by yourself.
The coronavirus also means that Hunte won’t be taking a planned trip to Arizona in August to see the Grand Canyon for the first time.
Although she enjoys cooking, she hasn’t been cooking as much as she would be if everyone could get together easily.
“I like preparing stuff for other people,” she said. “Doing it for myself is not as exciting.”
Hunte has won previous FCCLA awards at the state and national level.
According to a press release from the FCCLA:
The FCCLA Adviser Mentor program acknowledges exceptional, experienced Family and Consumer Science (FCS) educators who excel in FCS and FCCLA. These skilled FCS teachers train, assist, and familiarize new FCCLA advisers as they adjust to their new role and responsibilities within FCCLA.
All FCCLA advisers have the opportunity to be recognized as an Adviser Mentor. To achieve this award, advisers must first earn Master Adviser Recognition. Such recognition can be accomplished by devoting two years to new adviser assistance, assuming adult leadership roles in FCCLA, conducting adviser workshops, attending training workshops, and utilizing national and state FCCLA resources.
“Adviser Mentors are crucial to our continued growth at FCCLA,” said Sandy Spavone, Executive Director of FCCLA “Their knowledge, experience, and devotion to the organization is shared with incoming advisers, who carry out their learned skills throughout the entire program. Our mentors are an instrumental reason we can continue to flourish and evolve.”
To serve as an adviser requires an enormous amount of time, energy, and commitment. Exceptional advisers continuously go above and beyond by staying well informed, connecting students to opportunities and resources, and making significant contributions to FCCLA at the local, state, and national levels.