October 22, 2018

Bunting named Principal of the Year

CVU Principal Adam Bunting traveled to Washington D.C. last week to celebrate his recent honor of being named Vermont Principal of the Year by the Vermont Principals’ Association.

Champlain Valley Union High School Principal Adam Bunting traveled to Washington D.C. last week to celebrate his recent honor of being named Vermont Principal of the Year by the Vermont Principals’ Association.

Bunting wrote the following account of his trip.

“It was an honor to represent CVU and Vermont in Washington D.C. this week. Of course, as I soon discovered, CVU was already well represented on the staffs of Congressman Peter Welch and Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders with CVU alumni Hans Lynn, Lucas Hilker and Alex Beaton.

“The trip was a homecoming of sorts as I grew up in D.C. public schools until the age of 9. Memories of elementary school flooded back as soon as the plane touched down: I hated school!

“It wasn’t until moving to Vermont — joining the organized, caring and dedicated Shelburne Community School — that I relaxed enough to understand that education wasn’t a punishment. We may not recognize it as kids, but we feel functional school systems on a deep level, and functional systems are often reflections of the cultures around them.

“I’m biased, but everywhere I turned made me remember how much I love our small state. Unlike many of my colleagues from around the U.S., I was excited to meet with our representatives. Most of the principals in my group got passing glances from their reps at best; Sen. Leahy spent nearly 30 minutes with me. When I asked him what message he would like me to bring back to CVU students, he walked me to a photo hanging on his wall, one taken by the Senator himself years earlier in China.

“The image was of a Tibetan man holding a forbidden picture of the Dalai Lama; the man had posed for the photo and risked imprisonment because, in his words, “the world [needed] to know.

“Leahy’s message to me: Help our kids to live with purpose — ultimately nothing brings greater meaning.”

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