Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Q&A: DREW BRUNDICK HARAMUS; St. Mark's Teacher's Specialty Is Jacksonville History

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Q&A: DREW BRUNDICK HARAMUS; St. Mark's Teacher's Specialty Is Jacksonville History

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Byline: MARY MARAGHY

The Sun chatted with Drew Brundick Haramus, an Ortega native and third-grade teacher, known for her passion for Jacksonville history and her bus tours. Her signature trademark: She teaches all her students - young and old - to pronounce Ribault as "Re-bo," the French pronunciation.

Tell us about yourself.

I attended Stockton Elementary School, Riverside Presbyterian Day School and Lee High School, class of 1979, then Florida State University.

I'm married to Lee Haramus, a Riverside native and an attorney. My family, and my husband's family, have been here for a long time. That's typical of Ortega. People tend to stay around. I've taught for 25 years at St. Mark's Episcopal Day School in Ortega. I love third grade because the curriculum includes local history. I would love it if I could teach Jacksonville history all day. My family and I live in Venetia, which is so named because it was originally designed to look like Venice with canals.

What sparked your interest in history?

My father, Tesch Brundick, was a history buff. Everywhere we went, he told us stories. I listened and absorbed it all. Later, my husband came along. He is interested in architecture so we would drive around and look for the historic structures in Jacksonville history books.

How did you start doing bus tours?

More than 20 years ago, I was a member of the Junior League of Jacksonville. We had chartered a bus for an event, but the event got canceled. Someone said, 'Drew knows the city. Drew show us around.' And so I narrated a tour. ... It was then I realized I did know a lot. ... I do about eight bus tours a year for private schools and some church groups.

What's on your tour?

It focuses mainly on Riverside, Avondale and downtown Jacksonville. I show them where the trolley tracks were and how we had cable cars back in the day. …

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