Angela Bunyi

Mrs. Angela Reyes Bunyi

Mrs. Bunyi

First Grade Teacher

Hello and thank you for visiting our site! I am incredibly excited about working with your child this school year! 


Classroom Wish List
As a parent, I absolutely understand the budget stress that comes with the beginning of school year fees, clothes, materials, etc. It is always overwhelming to me. However, the reality is that most teachers spend much of their personal dollars for the classroom as well. Here are some wish list items I'd love for our room. No pressure, but if you can help out, it is much appreciated!!!

1) Chart paper (for the easel)

2) Mechanical pencils (the kind advertised as equal to 2.5 pencils)

3) Thistle Farm lavender room spray 

4) Books. Always books. 



About Me...

  • I completed a six month elementary teaching internship in Vaxjo, Sweden. It was in a 2nd and 4th grade Montessori classroom. This required me to first learn Swedish, and I distinctly remember when I started to "think" in Swedish- the magic to truly learning a language. I also took university courses in Swedish, which was quite a challenge (but I did pass with distinction).

  • I formally served as a literacy coach at the district level for three years in Maury County. Through this position I was able to provide literacy professional development for teachers, as well as collaborate closely with classroom teachers and students.
  • I have attended the following universities: Vaxjo Universitet (Sweden); University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Tennessee State University; Columbia State Community College (dual enrollment program in high school).
  •  Grades I have taught: K-6 as an interventionist and literacy coach, grades 1-5 in the elementary setting, and 6th grade reading at the middle school level. The 2017-1018 school year will be my 18th year of teaching.
  • Degrees include: psychology; elementary education with a concentration in urban multi-cultural education; Ed.S. in administration and supervision; ABD doctorate in administration and supervision.
  • I was district teacher of the year, 2013-2014. I was MEA's School-Site Teacher-of-the-Year, 2012-2013 and Barfield Elementary's 3-5 Teacher-of-the-Year, 2008-2009.
  • I moved to Tennessee from Los Angeles when I was 15 years old.
  • I grew up bilingual, speaking English and Spanish in the household. My grandmother lived with us and didn't speak any English.
  • My son, Eli, attended Discovery from K-5 and is a 9th grader at Central Magnet High School. 
  • I attended a high school for gifted and high achieving students in East L.A. 

  • I contracted out work with Scholastic for over a decade. This has included professionally blogging on literacy topics for Classroom Solutions and Top Teaching, writing for the Parent and Children's Magazine, and presenting at literacy conferences around the U.S. (most recently, International Reading Association in Boston). I am taking a break for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • In 2006, I was a participant of the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund. This opportunity allowed me to travel around and visit a huge variety of school settings for three weeks in and outside of Tokyo.
  • Health- I am passionate about living a healthy and active lifestyle. I am typically a clean eater and have been involved in a variety of sports. I no longer row competitively, but I go back and forth with returning to this gorgeous, challenging team sport. Running is my primary love, and I dream of qualifying for the Boston Marathon one day. I often mix it up with Barre, yoga, or weights at home. I am currently working on my NASM CPT certification and just recently left a position as a fitness instructor/coach at Blueprint Fitness here in Murfreesboro.
  • International Student Trips: I was fortunate enough to escort 6th graders to Turkey (with Dr. Burt) for the NASA Space Camp. In addition, several of our Discovery students, including my son, traveled to China through an MTSU collaborative. Mrs. McCarthy and former DSRR teacher and First Lady of MTSU, Mrs. McPhee, joined students on the trip as well.