In 2009, my husband Jim (aka Pops) retired from teaching at Cherrywood Elementary School where he was a teacher for 36 years. He taught many students whose parents were in his class and 5 teachers in his district were also former students of his.

During his teaching career at Cherrywood, he was featured many times in the San Jose Mercury, San Francisco Chronicle and other local papers for his innovative teaching programs and methods, his chess and his African dance and drum programs.


It inspires me and makes me very proud to share these articles here with you.

I’m adding a link to this one, written by an ex-student, Jeff Glass, on February 10, 2017 – Thank You Mr. Hunter.





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I hope these articles bring about fond memories you may have of teachers that have been meaningful in your own lives.

Please click here to visit Mr. Hunter 36 – a site set up with additional information on Jim’s teaching career including the class motto and additional class photos including individual class photos, class t-shirt photos, etc.


4 Comments on Pops

  1. This is so amazing! All these years I wondered what happened to Mr.Hunter and I am so happy to have stumbled across your YouTube video from The Real and then to see you have a fabulous blog. First off, great blog! Second, thank you for compiling all of these memories of the incredible career he had as a teacher. I was so happy to see the picture of me doing sit-ups on the Power Bar newsletter. Thank you for sharing this trip down memory lane. My 5th grade experience in his class was positive and motivational in so many way. We all felt like a big family and I still remember hanging out with his daughters when we were all just kids. Before Jim retired I did student teaching in his classroom. Happy to see that he is enjoying his years after teaching. Blessings to you and your family.

  2. I’m so grateful that I was able to experience 4th and 5th grade with Mr. Hunter. The most captivating moments of my education was in those years. Best memories. Best life skills that I still use today. Provided mentoring by alumni as chaperones for outings, meditation time every week, point system, class shirts, recognition of talents. So grateful for Mr. HUNTER????

  3. Hello,

    Is there any way we can email Mr. Hunter? I have a story that I would like to share with him about my brother who was in his 4th grade class over 20 years ago.

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