Title: Elementary School Educator
Location: Clarksville, Maryland, United States
Edwina Earle Palmer Hunter, Elementary School Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.
Growing up, Ms. Hunter was afforded the opportunity to see the value of education through firsthand experience. Her grandmother and two of her favorite aunts were educators, and they were all incredible role models during her formative years. She started her own teaching career in 1965 in Enfield, CT. In 1977, she relocated to Maryland, and taught vocal music at Prince George’s County Schools up until her well-earned retirement in 2006. With the love of education still on her mind, Ms. Hunter continues to give private piano lessons. In addition to these roles, she has she has been an instructor at the El Paso Community College and was tapped as a consultant for the Smithsonian Museum. She has also transcribed and performed for recordings of children’s songs for games from Africa.
In her career, Ms. Hunter has been recognized as an Outstanding Alumna from the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education and with induction to the Piano Guild’s Hall of Fame in 2005. In 1990, she was a grantee of the National Endowment of the Humanities. Ms. Hunter earned a Bachelor of Arts from Spelman College in 1964 and a Master of Arts in teaching from Smith College in 1966. Throughout her career, Ms. Hunter maintained affiliation with the National Guild of Piano Teachers, the Suzuki Association of American, the Maryland Music Educators Association, the Kindermusik Educators Association and the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College. There are many accomplishments Ms. Hunter celebrates in her career but she is most proud of being selected as one of the fourteen teachers from throughout the United States to study Mozart in Vienna, Austria, and she is also proud of the success her former students have gone on to attain.
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