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Eubanks' Hunt Wins Outstanding Teacher of the Year

Apr 24, 2015 12:22PM ● By Kevin

Eubanks teacher Janay Hunt receives Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. Photo courtesy of

On April 9, 2015 Capt. Molly Corbin, NSDAR Chapter held its annual Awards Ceremony at Trophy Club Country Club. Janay Hunt, fifth grade teacher from Eubanks Intermediate School, received a state award, placing second place in the state of Texas among 200 DAR chapters as Outstanding Teacher of American History. Many of these awards were granted from the NSDAR headquarters in Washington, D.C.

"Our local community has amazing volunteers/people," said Melissa Neason, special events chair at Capt. Molly Corbin, NSDAR. "It is very unusual for a community to receive so many National Awards."

The NSDAR is celebrating 125 Years of Service to America. 

Janay Hunt is from Bonham, Texas and is a third generation Texan. She teaches Gifted Talented Social Studies and 5th Grade Social Studies at Eubanks Intermedi-
ate School (EIS) in Southlake. This is her 19th year of teaching 5th grade. She has taught every subject but says her passion is U.S. History. 

Mrs. Hunt believes it is important to instill patriotism into the hearts of our children and is grateful for the opportunity to empower children through teaching. She enjoys bringing history to life by dressing in period clothing and reenacting key events in our history. 

Mrs. Hunt has many roles at EIS: she serves as the Veterans Day Assembly Coordinator, the Colonial Day Coordinator, and the Civil War Reenactment Coordinator. In 2014, she was the Teacher Winner for Membership Drive, Southlake Association of Gifted Talented, and AP Booster Grant Recipient. 

In 2012, she was Teacher of the Year at EIS. Mrs. Hunt earned a B.S. in Inter-
disciplinary Studies in 1996 from UNT. 

Janay lives with her family in Coppell and enjoys reading and going to the movies. CMCC is honored to recognize her as our Outstanding Teacher of American History.

“I am very honored and excited to win this award from the Daughters of the American Revolution,” Hunt said in an article on MySouthlakeNews. “It’s because of my amazing students, teammates and administrators that I am able to teacher outside the box. I just love what I do every single day.”

Overall, the evening consisted of honoring several local community leaders, teachers and students, including international and local artist Trish Biddle from Westlake, who received Women in the Arts Award, Charlie Shiner from Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve, who received the DAR Conservation Award for his efforts teaching the local community the art of composting, and Southlake resident Maj. General Charles N. Simpson, USAF Ret., who received the DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal Award. 

Additional honors included:
  • Stephen Thornton, President of Westlake Historical Preservation Society, who received the Historic Preservation Recognition award
  • Colleyville Vietnam Veteran CMSgt Johnnie O Yellock
  • 4 local DAR Good Citizen High School Seniors received Scholarships ranging from $100 - $1,000 (students from Grapevine Faith Christian School, Colleyville Heritage High School, Grapevine High School and Keller High School)
  • 7th grader Chloe Russell from Fossil Hill Middle School, KISD, won the American History Essay Award
  • Local teachers recognized DAR Good Citizen Judges Pat Huster from Colleyville Middle School, Sherry Mason  and Debra Nix from Heritage Middle School. 

About the Capt. Molly Corbin Chapter

Captain Molly Corbin, born Margaret Cochran on November 12, 1751 in Pennsylvania, was the daughter of Robert Cochran. In 1772, she married John Corbin, a native of Virginia. Soon after the beginning of the Revolutionary War, John Corbin enlisted in the Pennsylvania artillery. 

On November 16, 1776, Corbin’s artillery company was at Fort Washington, New York City when it was attacked by the British. After her husband was killed during the battle, Margaret Corbin heroically filled his post and fired the cannon in his place. In recognition of this heroic deed, she became the first woman to receive a pension, half the monthly pay of a Soldier, from the United States. 

Known as “Captain Molly Corbin” she was also the first woman, fighting as a Soldier, who was wounded in action in the Revolutionary War. 

She is listed in the records of the Invalid Regiment of West Point, as “Captain Molly.” Captain Molly died at the age of 49 in 1800. She was buried about 3 miles from West Point in the highlands above the Hudson River with a cedar tree marking her grave. On April 14, 1926, the remains of Captain Molly Corbin were re-interred at the Military Academy Cemetery at West Point, New York with full military honors. 

Captain Molly Corbin Chapter was organized on July 7, 2003, and meets the second Thursday of each month from September through May at 7 p.m. Meetings are normally at the Bessie Mitchell House, 411 Ball Street in Grapevine.

The Mission: to promote the NSDAR mission of historic preservation, education, and patriotism.

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to preserving American history, securing America’s future through better education and promoting patriotism. It was founded Oct. 11, 1890.

Information provided by Melissa Neason, special events chair, Captain Molly Corbin Chapter of NSDAR.