Brandon Smith joined HCHS this year as a new math teacher and football coach.
Smith came to HCHS from Memphis, where he previously taught, thanks to longtime friend and former classmate Chris Austin. Austin is a history teacher and coach at HCHS. Smith said he was looking for a different teaching environment.
“I was tired of school halls that held about 1,500 students, and the teaching was more babysitting and managing a classroom then actual teaching,” he said. “I was looking for an environment where teaching was more personal and one on one.” So when Austin informed him about an opening here at this small town high school, Mr. Smith was ready to make a move.
Mr. Smith teaches Algebra II, Honors Algebra II, and Statistics and is also an assistant football coach. He would like to start a chess team, which he says will “help teach the kids to build strategies and strategic planning.
Smith said he didn’t always plan to be a teacher. His original college major was in civil engineering, but halfway through getting that degree something changed.
“I had an epiphany,” he said, “changed my mind and decided I wanted to teach.”
So far, Smith is enjoying the smaller size of HCHS and hopes to be able to stay a while. “I do certainly like the one-on-one teaching environment of a small town.”