Adam Bunting was nominated by former student, Elaine Limanek.
Although Mr. Bunting was not yet the principal at Champlain Valley Union High School when Limanek attended, she was lucky enough to have had the pleasure of being a student when he was a teacher and House Director.
"From the moment I walked in the doors of CVU in my freshman year, Mr. Bunting made me feel welcome, safe, and excited for what was to come," Limanek said. "Every day was an adventure. Whether he was hanging from the ceiling of the library to encourage the power of reading, poking his head into classrooms to see what students were learning, or simply walking around the always with his famously big grin, Mr. Bunting made CVU a warm and friendly place to learn."
Throughout those four years, she learned the value of being compassionate towards others. Mr. Bunting displayed compassion in his every day interactions with students. His door was always open to ensure that students could approach him with questions about learning, friendships, or anxiety about the future. Mr. Bunting's advice is always gentle and encouraging. He truly wants every student to feel heard, and he cares about helping them navigate through the turbulence of high school.
"Though I have since graduated, I was thrilled to learn that Mr. Bunting was returning to CVU after a few years of being in Montpelier," Limanek said. "I was thrilled because I knew that many of the children that I had either taught, nannied, or coached were in for an incredibly empowering high school experience."
Mr. Bunting is quoted as saying, "You matter. All of you." This quote is from a letter he recently wrote in September of 2017, regarding a controversial speech given to the students at CVU.
"Mr. Bunting's words demonstrate the care and devotion he has to each one of his students," Limanek said. "CVU has a motto that is painted onto the wall for all to see as you enter the school: Take care of yourself, take care of each other, and take care of the place. I don't think anyone would disagree with me when I say that Adam Bunting displays these standards every single day."
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