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New Faces At WHS Part 2: Brandon Shields

By: Peyton McNorton

This is the second in our series of a new teacher profiles.


I interviewed Brandon Shields, a new English teacher, and asked him how it has been so far this school year.

Q: Have you had a previous experience with teaching? If yes, why did you decide to come here? If no, how did you start?

Shields: This is my fifth year teaching.  I’ve taught two years as a high school teacher and two years as a middle school teacher.  I taught at Kate Collins Middle School the last two school years and really missed teaching on the high school level.  When there was an opening at WHS, I applied immediately!

Q: How do you plan on becoming involved in the school beyond just teaching? 

Shields: I have a lot of school pride and am looking forward to being more than just a teacher at Waynesboro.  I’m currently helping out with Pep Club. I’ll also be getting my hands into a lot of other things around the school as the year progresses.  I’m going to be coaching the middle school basketball team at KCMS this winter as well.

Q: What has been challenging so far?

Shields: The most challenging part has been learning how everything works.  When you switch jobs, you also switch routines, protocols, procedures, etc. I’m still learning names, locations, and ways of doing things.

Q: What has been good so far?

Shields: I’ve been enjoying my classes, lessons, and peers.  WHS is a great place.

Q: How has the relationship been with other teachers?

Shields: The teachers have been more than welcoming.  I’m traveling this year, so I’m sharing classrooms. All the teachers I’ve been working with have been more than helpful this school year.  I truly appreciate them giving up things like their room and planning time in order for me to have a place to teach my classes.

Q: What are you most excited about this year?

Shields: I’m excited to get to know a lot of the students I don’t already know.  I’m also excited about being involved with as many things as I can. Overall, I’m just beyond excited to be teaching at WHS.  It’s going to be a great year!

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