Mr. Christopher Johnson
Name: Christopher Johnson
Hometown: Bremerton, WA
Family: Amelia (wife), Buffalo (3 Yrs), and Ivor (2 Weeks)
College Attended and Degree (s): Brigham Young University BA History/History Teaching, Catholic University of America MA History - Emphasis on Late Antiquity and Medieval Europe
Position: World History I, AP Government
Best Part of Waynesboro High School: I think the students are genuinely nice people and I really enjoy interacting with them each day
Your Favorite Teacher and Why: From my own educational excperience? Mr. Russell was my 5th grade teacher and made me want to teach, and it was Mr Thorsen who made me want to teach history while I was in High school.
Your Favorite Food: Brazilian Churrasco
Favorite Quote or Saying: "Be excellent to each other" - Bill and Ted"
Hobbies or Activities You are Active In: I like woodworking, blacksmithing, and playing music. I'm not particularly skilled at any of it, but I sure do enjoy it!
Accomplishments or Honors You Have Achieved That You are Proud of: The accomplishment I am most proud of is volunteering as a missionary for my church for 2 years in Brazil (which is what introduced me to my favorite food...)
Something Most People Don't Know About You: I was in a band in college and the bands Neon Trees and Imagine Dragons both at one point opened for us.
January-February 2017 Faculty Spotlight
Name: Christine Benson
Hometown: Staunton, VA
Family: My family includes my significant other, Mike; our dog, Zooey; and our three cats, Toby, Maddy, and Pip
College Attended and Degree (s): I attended and graduated from Mary Baldwin College and earned my Bachelor's of Arts in English
Position: I have taught English (all grade levels) and Reading. Because of the constant changes, I always tell my students that I'll be teaching math or science "next year."
Best Part of Waynesboro High School: I love the camaraderie of the students and faculty
Your Favorite Teacher and Why: I have two favorite teachers: Ms. Graber and Mr. Hahn. These two English teachers allowed so much freedom of thinking and self and brought the literature of the class to life and made it interesting. Because of them, I am an English teacher.
Your Favorite Food: I love junk food: French fries, pizza, and ice cream! Pizza is definitely my comfort food.
Favorite Quote or Saying: "Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it."
Hobbies or Activities You are Active In: I love reading, writing, hiking, cooking, gardening, dancing, and just overall having a good time in life.
Accomplishments or Honors You Have Achieved That You are Proud of: I was awarded the Superintendent's First Year Teacher award in 2005. I was so surprised because I thought I was the worst teacher
Something Most People Don't Know About You: Something most people don't know about me is that I was born and spent most of my childhood in New Jersey. My southern accent throws people off quite a bit!
November-December 2016 Faculty Spotlight
Name: Pam Richmond
Family: Husband Bruce, step-kids Jennifer and Ian, twin daughters Heather and Christine (all are adults now)
College Attended and Degree (s): BA from William and Mary
Position: Geometry (and all levels of math except calculus in previous schools)
Best Part of Waynesboro High School: Stresses academics while caring strongly for the individual
Your Favorite Teacher and Why: Leslie Hellerman (among many) because she is so supportive
Your Favorite Food: dark chocolate with sea salt; my daughter's hamburgers
Favorite Quote or Saying: One I made up when I was about 10 years old: "Do what's right, when it's right, and how it's right."
Hobbies or Activities You are Active In: dog rescue (driving hour-long legs of trips that save shelter dogs from high-kill shelters in the south and bring them north for (we hope) adoption
Accomplishments or Honors You Have Achieved That You are Proud of: I was a national-board certified teacher, but I am proudest of being a wife and mom in my close-knit and strong family.
Something Most People Don't Know About You: I had my own cable TV show for about 3 years ("Dial-a-Teacher")--kids and adults would call in and ask math questions, getting on-air tutoring from me--I was even recognized at gas stations a couple of times and got one long fan letter!
October-November 2016 Faculty Spotlight
Name: Dianne Truslow
Hometown: Born in Richmond but grew up in Waynesboro
Family: Husband Ronnie; 5 grown kids between us and 4 grandchildren
College Attended and Degree (s):
BA Communication Arts from Carson Newman University
MEd Secondary Ed. from JMU
Position: theatre and English
Best Part of Waynesboro High School: My colleagues and my students.
Your Favorite Teacher and Why: Mrs. Susan Vass, she introduced me to theatre and led me into a path that has shaped my life.
Your Favorite Food: PIZZA
Favorite Quote or Saying: "I am not afraid of tomorrow for I have seen yesterday and I love today."
Hobbies or Activities You are Active In: Church, community theatres, crafts
Accomplishments or Honors You Have Achieved That You are Proud of: My two trips to Africa definitely changed my life. I dream of going back again sometime.
Something Most People Don't Know About You: I don't have many secrets. I tend to be pretty open.