From Patti Garland:
To Citizens of Harford County,
Many of you have experienced the kindness, knowledge, encouragement, professionalism and support of a very special elementary principal in our county. Actually, I call him Harford County’s very own living legend. He has been a principal at three different elementary schools in our county and has been an integral part of HCPS for 50 years. How many people do you know that have lasted 50 years at any job, let alone one that involves children between the ages of 4-11 years old? He has lasted that long, because he has always loved his job and has given 100+% of himself , 365 days a year, not just during the regular 10 month school year. He rarely misses a day of school and spends late nights and weekends getting the job done. I am sure many of you already know who I am describing … yes, it is Mr. Dale Hunsinger. Every year, probably for the past 20 years, everyone asks Dale, “so are you retiring this year?. He just chuckles and says “no, not yet”. This man seriously loves his job and takes pride in what he, his staff members and students accomplish each year.
Well, two weeks ago his dedicated, devoted and diligent staff suddenly was told that Mr. Hunsinger was put on administrative leave for the remainder of the school year. No explanations or reasons were given, just that it was not for medical reasons. So, being the dedicated staff they are, they carried on educating and nurturing the young minds at their school. Even though, so many of them were distraught and worried about their leader, they knew that Mr. Hunsinger would want them to go about their job and take care of the kids first and foremost. I know this because I was one of the teachers that opened North Bend Elementary with Mr. Hunsinger in September 1991. The students were always his number one priority and their best interests always came first. The very best thing about Mr. Hunsinger is that he made everyone feel special and important, from the kids with disabilities of any kind to the shy introverted ones, who sometimes just needed a hug or high five. Every child, staff member and parent mattered to him.
Tomorrow (Monday) there will be a Board of Education meeting at 6:30 pm at the A.A. Roberty building in Bel Air. To show your support for Mr. Hunsinger please try to attend and wear his school color, red. HCPS employees who want to show their support should wear red to school tomorrow, also. Let’s show the Board of Education, HCPS Superintendents, Executive Directors and all of HCPS that we know and appreciate what Mr. Hunsinger has given to so many people over his 50 years of service to our schools. He has touched countless lives and had a positive impact on his staff members, students, families and communities.
Patti Garland (Retired educator with 38 years of service to HCPS)