• Hispanic Heritage 

    Principal Hunt

    Welcome to the Long family, community, and school, where everyone that enters hears: "You Belong at Long!"

    I am Dr. Benicia Nanez-Hunt, and  I am THRILLED to continue to lead this wonderful building of both students and staff, who have committed to embracing our uniqueness and diversity--authentically. This August 2023 is my 23rd year of education and my 6th year leading Long International Middle School. This year, we will continue to embrace the Swahili saying of Sikhona (We are here to be seen), Sawubona (We See You!), and we will support this through the concept of Ubuntu (I am because of you). Long is also a proud Verizon Innovative Learning School, meaning not only do we provide students and teaching staff with Verizon high-speed iPads, but we also provide technology infused learning with the support of Digital Promise, Verizon, and ST Math. This year, our students will explore STEM in our Verizon Innovative Learning Lab--the 1st in the state of Missouri. Our students continue to learn, grow, and excel in literacy, culture, and STEM. This year, we will continue to dedicate our days to supporting students' learning and discovery of who they are to themselves, who they are in this world, and how they are necessary in society as global scholars.

    Outside of Long, I am the mother of four: Anthony (25)--an electrician, Amaia (23)--Mizzou grad and grade student, Akila (20)--pre-school teacher's assistant, and Nina (8)--student at Mallinckrodt Gifted Academy. I enjoy spending time with my husband and kids, traveling, folding clothes, cooking for the family, and learning new languages/cultures. Feel free to stop in and visit; and remember, YOU BELONG AT LONG!  

    Background and Work Experience:

    2015-2018: Assistant Principal--Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience

    2016-2018: National Honor Society Sponsor

    2014-2015: Assistant Principal, Instructional Coach, and ELA Teacher--Jennings Junior High School

    2003-2014: Humanities Department Chair, English Department Chair, Professional Development President, and ELA Teacher 9-12/AP Literature & AP Composition--Jennings Senior High

    2002-2014: Dance Team Sponsor

    2000-2002: Primary Teacher Lead (2nd grade)

    2000-2002: Programs Coordinator


    Doctorate of Education (2023)--Maryville University

    Educational Specialist (2021)--Lindenwood University

    Masters of Arts, English (2016)--University of Missouri-St. Louis

    Bachelors of Arts, English (2002)--University of Missouri-St. Louis

    Bachelors of Science, Secondary Education (2002)--University of Missouri-St. Louis