So sadly, Margaret Munt, beloved teacher of hundreds of Williston schoolchildren over the past 28 years, passed away from the effects of lung cancer on Thursday, May 31. She was diagnosed at the end of June, 2011 and was on sick leave for the 2011 fall semester, but returned to work half-time this spring, wanting one more chance to close out her career on her own terms in the job she so loved. She was thankful to the administration and community for allowing her this opportunity. A last season in Harmony House meant the world to her.
Margaret began her teaching life directly out of high school at the age of 17 as a pre-school teacher at The Childrens’ School in Burlington, and attended UVM as part of the legendary APEX education program that fostered so many fine Vermont educators. After two years at The Schoolhouse parent co-operative, she was recruited to the Williston School District by then-principal Marion Stroud. Margaret died at age 57, but by that time had 40 years in the profession.
Margaret found fulfillment in her job. From the middle of August, when excitement for the new year began to build, to the yearly book party at her house on South Road just before school started, throughout the demands of the year, to the year-end exhaustion and sadness that accompanied the graduation of the children she would miss come fall, Margaret’s days were filled with love for and confidence in young lives. How many evenings and early mornings were spent considering each boy and girl and how she could better and more cleverly meet their needs?
Margaret was especially invigorated by the years of the four-year teams with Discovery House, but when circumstances dictated change, she quickly climbed on board and committed to a new vision, understanding that the teaching profession is nothing if not dynamic.
Many people told her she was the best teacher ever, but Margaret would have none of it, insisting on the overall excellence and perceptiveness of the Vermont, and especially the Williston, educational community. And she could name names.
Margaret will be sorely missed by her family, her friends, her colleagues and particularly by the families and children for whom she had such high hopes.
Thousand shades of green
With you we sow, water, grow
Today for always
A memorial celebration for Margaret will be held at Ira Allen Chapel on the UVM campus on Saturday, June 16 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. If you want, bring flowers from your own gardens in a vase you can take home with you. If you wish to speak at the ceremony, and we welcome that, please contact the Lyman/Munt family at 878-4590.
Kelly and Randy Allen of Williston are pleased to announce the arrival of their granddaughter, Averie Rebecca Owen, born on April 13. Averie is the daughter of Megan Allen and Heath Owen, who reside in Hinesburg.
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