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Retired teacher created ‘judgement-free, welcoming’ environment for student

PHOTO COURTESY OF HILLSBOROUGH TOWNSHIP
Retired Hillsborough Middle School teacher William Hunt, center, was nominated by his student Youssef Abdelhalim and selected as a U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Distinguished Teacher. He is pictured with Mayor Shawn Lipani, left, and his brother during the June 22 Hillsborough Township Committee meeting.

Retired Hillsborough Middle School teacher William Hunt was nominated by his student
Youssef Abdelhalim and selected as a U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Distinguished Teacher.

Hunt was Youssef’s eighth grade history teacher and had a profound impact on him in his
first year in the United States, according to a proclamation presented by the Hillsborough Township Committee on June 22.

Hunt encouraged Youssef to share and educate his fellow classmates about his Islamic religion, according to the proclamation, and provided a judgment-free, welcoming, safe environment for Youssef to become self expressive and confident.

Hunt taught seventh/eighth grade social studies, eighth grade REACH, and ESL push-in at
Hillsborough Middle School for 16 years.

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