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Shaun S. Bunn

7th & 8th Grade Mathematics Teacher

Ethan A. Chase Middle School, Menifee

Shaun Bunn has been teaching for 11 years, ten in his current position at Ethan A. Chase Middle School. Described by a colleague as the “Jaime Escalante” of Chase Middle School, he makes personal connections with his students and is caring, inspirational, and willing to go above and beyond. He shares about his personal struggles to be successful and how perseverance diminished those struggles, saying he wants his students to see him as human.

Originally from Cambodia, he lived in poverty and saw his parents make huge sacrifices for the family. As an English learner, Bunn has firsthand knowledge of the challenges his students face and tries to help them overcome these issues. Every year, he visits Cambodia and takes kids off the street to feed them.

Julie A. Vitale, Superintendent of Romoland School District, said of Bunn, “He is the type of person that gives tirelessly and never expects anything in return. He is honest, kind, easy to work with, and friendly. He has the desire to have a meaningful impact in the lives of students.”

Click here and you'll see why State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson selected Bunn as one of the 2017 California Teachers of the Year.