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New Faces at WHS Part 4: Emilee Sawyers

By: Peyton McNorton

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

I interviewed Emilee Sawyers, a new CTE teacher who teaches human services and leadership. I asked her how it has been so far this school year. 

Q: Have you had a previous experience with teaching?

Sawyers: This is my first year in the classroom, but I have worked with youth in different ways over the past ten years. Prior to coming to Waynesboro High School, I worked for Juvenile Court Services and the Department of Social Services. I have always had a strong interest in both teaching and human services. I recently finished up the state’s requirements to obtain my teaching  licensure. I am a previous WHS graduate so it is exciting for me to return to my old school. Go GIANTS!!!

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

Sawyers: I am excited to get students out in the community for service-learning projects.  My 4th period is currently working with the Shenandoah Valley Office on Youth and the WARM Shelter. I hope to help motivate students to be involved in their community. I am also excited to watch my students who are involved in sports. 

Q: What has been challenging so far?

Sawyers: Since this is my first year, I spend a lot of time lesson planning.  It has been fun but very time consuming. 

Q: What’s been good and how is the relationship with other teachers?

Sawyers: I love my students and all of the staff at Waynesboro High School have been so welcoming and helpful.  I appreciate everyone’s kindness and willingness to share their knowledge with me. 

Q: What are you most excited about this year?

Sawyers: I am excited to get to know the students at WHS.  I am also excited about teaching human services. I have a strong passion for helping others and am excited to share that with my students. 

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