Purdue awards Bremen educator

BREMEN — The halls of Bremen High School are very familiar to special education teacher Lori Hundt. She’s worked in some capacity at the school since 1995. Recently, Hundt was given the Alumni Leader award from Purdue University Calumet, her alma mater.
“I was honored that they would think of me,” said Hundt of the recognition. “There were a lot of very good teachers in the group that graduated with me, and I’m honored that they chose me.”
“Lori started working here about 20 years ago as a study hall aide,” said Bremen High School Principal Bruce Jennings. “At that time she was making $5.15 an hour. I think she just fell in love with (the school). She bleeds green. Later, she went back (to school) and got her degree to be a special needs teacher. When she applied for (her current job) it was a given. … We all love Lori. She just does a spectacular job and she’s now being recognized for her work not only here in Bremen but on a higher level.”
Hundt works daily with students who have moderate to severe disabilities. She teaches them functional skills, using not only traditional classroom methods but also incorporating Bremen’s new 1:1 computer initiative.
“I want the students to be able to use 1:1 in our room too,” explained Hundt. “My goals are to teach my kids to be as independent as possible so they can be successful after high school.”
“(Lori) has a passion for special needs kids,” said Jennings. “She’s got a real knack for mixing tender love with tough love…she’s got a good balance there. She’s like a mother to her kids, and she has a good rapport with other staff members. There’s not one teacher or student in this building that dislikes Lori.”
According to former director of special services for Bremen Public Schools Angie Balsley, Hundt is working to prepare professional development for teachers to assist with alternative assessments.
“The Bremen community is so fortunate to have Hundt as an outstanding educator at Bremen High School,” said Balsley. “She loves the students she supports and teaches them lessons well beyond the walls of the classroom. She is … adored by her students and colleagues.”