Tom Hunt, the 2018 Jackson County Teacher of the Year will be the Grand Marshall at the NASCAR race this weekend at Michigan International Speedway.

Tom has been teaching chemistry at Jackson High School for the past 30 years. According to, and his profile in Jackson Magazine, when Hunt puts on his rainbow-colored tie-dye lab coat, students know things are about to get interesting. Not only does he teach chemistry, but he also coaches the school's robotics team and he's a driver's ed teacher (not all high school chemistry teachers turn into Walter White).

Tom received a $5000 grant for being named the Teacher of the Year and now he gets to be Grand Marshall at the Consumers Energy 400which means he also gets to give the command to start engines. On national TV. No pressure, Mr. Hunt.

And, I'm hoping he wears the tie-dyed lab coat when he does it.


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