This year, Mountain View says goodbye to Dr. Chun, whose four-year journey at Mountain View has come to an end.
Dr. Chun will be flying home on May 27th to be a headmaster in the school he went to in Hawaii.
From a young age, Dr.Chun was always interested in education. In a recent interview with him he said, “This was my dream job since I was young and knew I wanted to get into education. One day I wanted to return to be the leader of the Kamehameha Schools.”
The schools were started by Bernice Pauahi Bishop, who said in her will that she would leave all her land and all her money to start the schools for native Hawaiian students.
His goal in Hawaii is to show “students that education can get them to their dreams; education is that ladder to get there.”
Dr. Chun will be head of the elementary, middle school and the high school there.
In speaking of Mountain View, Dr. Chun said, “I will miss everyone—the students, community and staff here; they will always have a place in my heart. My son and daughter have both came here to get involved in anything Mountain View.”
Later, he said he wishes future and current Bruins the best.
We all have goals and dreams, and Dr Chun’s dream of returning to his homeland to have the job he dreamed about shows us that if you stick with your dreams and never give up, they come true with hard work and dedication. Education will always be the way to reach and exceed those goals.
Dr. Chun first started off his career as a high school teacher and coach, then continued as an assistant principal at a middle school, a junior high principal and now a high school principal and a professor at two different universities. With this next chapter of his story, he will add Headmaster to his list of accomplishments. None of those things came easy.
“I live a happy and fulfilled life due to the hard work and dedication I put into my work, but you have to go after it and it becomes reality,” he said.
With this being a bittersweet ending for Dr. Chun, we wanted to relive some of his favorite memories here at Mountain View:
- Beating our cross-town rival Orem here in football — there was so much joy and elation
- Singing in the Rockulty band making a fool of myself
- The atmosphere here with the student body; everyone is friends and everyone gets along
- Mountain view is a very diverse school and I sure will miss that
The Bruin Post reporters recently interviewed some of Dr. Chun’s favorite people at Mountain View. Chun’s list included Mr. Criman, Mr. Groves, Mrs. Porter and more. This list is just a short sum of the people he will miss, along with all the students.
“I’ll miss him a lot,” Coach Alan Groves said. “I think he has really changed the way that people look at Mountain View, both internally, on how we see each other, but also how the outside public sees our school. That’s something that I think is really beneficial for our school. So I think he definitely will be missed. I know that Dr. Chun comes from Hawaii and I just wish him the best of luck, and I know that he’s going to have an awesome time. He’s going home and that’s always a good thing. Even though we’ll miss him here, I think it will be good for him.”
Coach Groves is very close with Dr. Chun; they have a very close friendship more than being just coworkers.
Aside from academics and sports, Dr. Chun likes Drama, and that leads to Mr. Criman, who had this to say about Dr. Chun:
“Dr. Chun is by far one of the finest men I have ever met. He is a man of integrity, vision, and gentility. Dr. Chun is a man who is not satisfied with the status quo, but is more interested in always doing better by thinking outside of the proverbial box and always trying to do what is best for everyone. If ever there was a perfect professional educator, Dr. Chun is as close to it as the ideal can be.”
If you know Dr. Chun, then you know he is normally walking around, talking to students and roaming the halls. He doesn’t do this alone, though; normally he goes with his close friend Ruth Chatterly. They frequently go on walks in the school and just talk. She had this to say about him:
“I think Dr. Chun is one of the brightest, most compassionate men I have ever met. He cares about the individual and about each student at Mountain View, and he wants them to be successful. He really is remarkable. I love him.”
For those who don’t know, Dr. Chun speaks Spanish. This is thanks to one of our own teachers he took spanish from for a full year. This teacher, Mrs. Porter, is also his singing partner in the faculty band. They have gotten closer with singing together and also with Dr. Chun becoming the student again. Here’s what she had to say about her goodbye and her feelings about him:
“I feel this connection with Dr. Chun because we started at the same time even though he’s like way ahead of me in his time. He’s the only principal I’ve ever had, so I’m really nervous about him leaving. And we were in the Rockulty band together, which was so fun, so now I think our band is going to fall apart. Peter is gone, and now Dr. Chun is going to be gone so it’s really really sad, but I’m excited for him and I think he’ll do amazing things, I have no doubt about it, but in the end he and his family will be really missed here.”
Thank you for all the memories, Dr. Chun. You surely will be missed, and we wish you nothing but the best and hope you come back and visit.
Alohaaaa! Dr. Chun — and Hakuna Matata.