River Rat Hall of Fame - JOYCE HUNTER
Ann Arbor Huron
River Rat Hall of Fame

Joyce Hunter, class of 2003

Joyce Hunter is director of career and technical education for the Ann Arbor Public Schools and spent 26 years at Huron High School as an assistant principal, business teacher and department chair. As a business teacher, she taught a variety of classes and developed and taught the first computer classes in the department. She also was very active outside the classroom with student organizations and faculty/district committees.

She organized and served as adviser for the Sisters' Club, a service organization for young ladies. She served on the National Honors Society Committee for several years and was actively involved in many other student activities. Her work with student teachers gave her an opportunity to teach and train future teachers.

She was a local and national representative for the Ann Arbor Education Association for several years and co-chaired the North Central Association Accreditation Committee as well as the Self Esteem Target Goal Committee. Other committees she served on include the City Wide High School Review Committee and the District Wide Grade Appeals Committee.

As an assistant principal, she created the first scheduling team for building the master schedule. In addition, she developed a reading program with Washtenaw Community College for Huron students and the Bridge Workshop she developed continues to operate each summer as a transitional program for incoming ninth grade students. He work as chair of the Crisis Team brought about some new and improved safety procedures at Huron. For the class of 2001, she changed the format of the Honors Night which increased student and parent participation.

She served as president and was a founding member of the African American Cultural and Historical Museum and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce. She is active in several professional organizations as well as Bethel A.M.E. Church and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

She has received a number of awards including the Celebrating the Excellence Award from the Ann Arbor Public Schools in 2002-03, a Certificate of Achievement from the Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce in 2001-02, the Outstanding Leadership Award from the African American Cultural and Historical Museum in 2000, a Personal Excellence Award from the Ann Arbor Public Schools in 1995, and Education and Community Services Award in 1994 and the Outstanding Graduate Advisor in 1986 from the Beta Eta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at the University of Michigan.

Hunter graduated from Western Michigan University and earned a Master of Arts degree from Michigan State University.

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