Meet the Board: Michael Bunitsky, Board Member
Michael Bunitsky was elected to the Board of Education in November 2016 to a four-year term December 2016-2020.
A 1969 graduate of Pierre S. DuPont High School in Wilmington Delaware, he earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland, College Park, a Master’s degree in political science from Hood College and administrative certification through graduate coursework at McDaniel College.
After teaching five years in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Mr. Bunitsky came to Frederick County to teach at Gov. Thomas Johnson High in 1980. There he taught social studies—eventually serving as department chair, advised the Youth in Government program and coached baseball. He became FCPS curriculum specialist for secondary social studies in 1995, coordinating Mock Trial, Model UN, Student Government, National History Day and many other government- and law-related activities. From 2010-2014, Mr. Bunitsky was president of the FCPS Administrative and Supervisory Association and chief negotiator in 2015. He has served as adjunct faculty at Frederick Community College and Mount St. Mary’s University and as an item writer for the National Education Assessment Program since 2011.
Mr. Bunitsky was the inaugural recipient of the Maryland Council for Social Studies Award for Educational Excellence for Instructional Leadership in 2008, nominated by peers across the state. In 2014 and 2015 he received three awards related to his work with Model UN, National History Day and the Maryland Association of Student Councils. He is most honored to have received the student-initiated Ray Kroc Teacher Achievement Award.
A retired educator with more than 40 years of service in Maryland, Mr. Bunitsky is a teacher at his core. He also serves on the Historical Society of Frederick County’s Board of Directors. He and his wife, Jan Daffern, have four sons who attended FCPS K-12 and believe that a healthy public school system is a cornerstone of our democracy and essential for an engaged citizenry.