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Mr.Peters moves his way to Waynesboro High School

By: Millineum White

Anthony Peters, a new geometry teacher at Waynesboro High School,teaches three geometry classes a day. Peters said he was the kind of student that didn’t do so well on purpose because he was content to have a B or C. In his classes now he sees some students that remind him of himself. “I want my students to recognize that their potential is within them, to grow and nurture, but also to realize that the decisions they make have consequences, sometimes devastating consequences.  Learn what you can, then move on.  You can figure out the why later.”

After graduating from high school and enlisting in the Navy, Peters used his G-I Bill to put himself through college. “From start to finish it took me 7 almost 8 years to get my masters degree. I worked also, so I didn’t take it full on each term, “ said Peters. The Navy gave him discipline, the drive to get things done and time management. The Navy calmed him, taught him how to not be in such a hurry and to plan better. Peters uses these skills he learned in the Navy daily in his teaching.

Prior to teaching at WHS, Peters taught in Tennessee Public Schools for 35 years,a different subject each time .Peters taught physics for 14 of the 35 years he taught at Sullivan South High School in Kingsport, TN. He last taught for one year in Chilhowie, VA after his retirement from TN.

In his younger days, Peters’ father had only a 8th grade education. When Peters was in high school he taught his father and his little brother how to do math. “We used to sit at the kitchen table and I would be doing my algebra  homework and going over and over the basics with them,” said Peters.

During those years Peters had an interest in chess “I’ve played since I was in the third grade,” said Peters.  He enjoys watching the students in chess club grow in their game. Once he has taught them enough tactics and strategy to beat him, his job is mostly done!  “I eventually want them to compete statewide as a team. That is my goal for the club,” said Peters.

Peters came to Waynesboro because “my wife loves this area, and also because Virginia is a better state for helping my disabled son than Tennessee.” They enjoy living here and look forward to exploring the Valley.Peters has and two adult children, and his wife is a retired pediatric registered nurse. His oldest son still lives in Tennessee, but his youngest son has moved to Waynesboro with Peters and his wife. His youngest son is handicapped, but Peters does not let that have a negative impact on his son’s life.”He [my son] remains hopeful despite his injuries and always looks for the good in people.  He is a joy to be around,” said Peters.  Daily Peters tries to come up with things to do with his son “What can I do to make his life better?” said Peters.

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