Archive | November, 2017

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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Tom Goforth

Coach Go makes lasting impact on football players and students

By: Ethan Burch

 

Tom Goforth

Goforth in his Pheonix classroom Picture by Ethan Burch

Tom Goforth is a teacher and Varsity football Coach at WHS. Born in the City of Bluefield, West Virginia, Goforth, also known as Coach Go, started his football life in little league where he would end up playing for 16 years total. Goforth realized he might want to become a teacher while in high school in a chemistry class. This teacher taught a different way and made Goforth realize how fun learning and school actually was. It was at that moment he decided he wanted to become a teacher.

He graduated from his High School and moved on to Bluefield State College, a small school in West Virginia. It was there that Goforth double majored in Health/P.E and English. When he got out of college, Goforth coached and taught at Richlands high school for 3 years. From there he went to Tazewell High School for 7 years and then to Stuarts Draft, where he spent 23 years. Goforth decided it was the end of the road for his coaching career, so he retired from Stuarts Draft and from coaching.

The fire and desire of coaching in his heart hadn’t died down since Draft, so Goforth decided to coach at Riverheads for a year. While coaching at Riverheads, Goforth was in the talks  with our own Coach Derek McDaniel, head varsity football coach, about coming to coach for WHS. Goforth  took the offer once a position at Phoenix, which is a learning program for students who need to learn in a different environment outside the classroom, opened. McDaniel told Goforth that he could make a difference to our football program. McDaniel explained Coach Goforth’s “experience, his wisdom , his ability to bond with players” was his decision to bring Coach Go to Waynesboro. “He has a really good rapport with kids and he’s a great coach,” said McDaniel “He’s a good teacher of the game, teaches life lessons he’d be nothing but a positive influence on our kids. Seriously, he’s pretty good.”

Since then Coach Go has worked at WHS for 4 years. Many students at WHS look up to Goforth, which he says  “put(s) more pressure on [him] to set a good example.“ 

Goforth is the kind of person you can go to if you had something wrong either as a football player or just a student. He has had students return to check in and see the Coach that made an impact on their lives. One of his students, Brendan Burch, who is currently deployed in the army and played football in college said “I will never forget the things that Coach Go taught me. He helped me on and off on the field.” 

Goforth Plans on retiring soon to pursue a new career. “Education is leaving guys like me behind.  I have always been more interested in the kid, not necessarily the subject or technology.”

 

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