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East Setauket teacher honored as national social studies teacher of the year

Fifth-graders inevitably find themselves drawn into Kate Hunter's social-studies lessons, whether the subject is bullying, homelessness or the sacrifice of World War 2 veterans who happened to be the students' great-grandparents. On Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, state and local officials gathered at Minnesauke Elementary School in East Setauket to celebrate the 53-year-old teacher's selection as the nation's Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year. Hunter and other winners atthe middle-school and high-school levels will be honored in San Francisco next month at an annual conference of the National Council for the Social Studies. (Credit: Randee Daddona)