John D. Hunt
Professor of Education and Director of Education in the STEM Institute., School of Education
Motto: If you are not having fun teaching, then your students are not having fun learning!
My life's journey began in China. I was born in Wuhu and attended a missionary boarding school in Kuling, China. My parents and teachers instilled in me a love of God, a love of children, a love of teaching and, in particular, a love for science. My first form teacher, Mrs. Houghton, encouraged me to love nature! I was, and still am, called to be a science teacher! My formal education continued in England and Canada and while I was in grade thirteen in Manitoba, Canada, I won a track scholarship to Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. I studied biology to become a teacher. I had taught K- college level classes for over 43 years in the United States and Germany before arriving at Mississippi College in 2002. After 55 years of teaching, I still love God, working with children, and teaching science. I try to instill this passion for teaching in my teacher - candidate students at Mississippi College so they can instill these same values in their students. For the past fifteen years in addition to teaching at MC, I have had the opportunity of serving 50,000 students in grades 3-8 and 5, 000 parents with STEM - based physics through Science Fun Days. This experience and a grant from a local foundation led to the development of a new STEM institute at Mississippi College. I now serve as education director of this STEM institute in addition to teaching my classes. This September for one month, I will return to the land of my birth as a visiting professor to Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China. I will teach counterintuitive events, project-based learning experiences and STEM investigations.
My research interests are:
* Differentiated Instruction (D.I.),
* Understanding by Design (UbD),
* Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and
* Thinking - Design Model Learning.
Welcome to my page! I hope you will enroll in one of my classes where we will have fun learning together!
B. S. in Biology and Education, Lamar University
M. S. in Zoology/Botany, Stephen F. Austin State University
Ed. D. in Curriculum and Instruction and Science Education, Baylor University
P. A. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching (1996)
EDU 6535 - Curriculum Development
6:00 - 9:00 PM, Lowrey Hall Room 303
EDU 6540 - Project-Based Science: STEM
2;00 - 4:45 and 6:00 - 9:00 PM, Lowrey Hall Room 206
EDU 7502 - Elementary Seminar