Beneck named Hunt-Leonard educator scholar

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CULLOWHEE — Hunt High School information technology facilitator Chris Beneck recently attended a program held at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching.

Beneck was named the center’s 2016–17 Elsie Brame Hunt and Noma Henderson Leonard Honored Educator Scholar. Former Gov. Jim Hunt and first lady Carolyn Hunt established this scholarship in honor of their mothers: Elsie Brame Hunt and Noma Henderson Leonard.

Mrs. Hunt’s mother, Noma Henderson Leonard, was of pioneering stock and taught in a one-room schoolhouse that still stands near Colfax, Iowa today. Mrs. Leonard taught until she got married and was forced to quit because of the prohibition on “married school teachers.”

Governor Hunt’s mother, Elsie Brame Hunt, was an English teacher in Wilson, Johnston and Guilford counties. She concluded her teaching career as a librarian at Rock Ridge High School where her sons, Jim and Robert, graduated.

NCCAT’s Elsie Brame Hunt and Noma Henderson Leonard Honored Educator Scholarship pays tribute to their lifelong commitment to their students and to the teaching profession.

NCCAT says it works to provide teachers with knowledge, skills, teaching methods and information to take back to their classroom in order to improve public education by increasing teacher effectiveness.

For more information, visit www.nccat.org or call 828-293-5202.