Faculty Spotlight

Mrs. Deborah Watson
Posted on 09/28/2017
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2017 Faculty Spotlight



Name:   Deborah Watson


Hometown:
   Crockett, VA


Family:
  
My husband Steven is an x-ray tech for Augusta Health. My children attend SDHS (Matthew (9th grade) and Sarah Beth (11th grade).


College Attended and Degree (s):  

Wytheville Community College, A.A. S. Liberal Arts; UVA, B.A. Psychology; JMU, M.Ed. in School Counseling 



Position:  I have not been a teacher but I've been a School Counselor for 21 years.



Best Part of Waynesboro High School:  

The STUDENTS! The faculty is not bad either!


Your Favorite Teacher and Why:  

Mrs. Ely and Mrs. Willard, my h.s. English and drama teachers. They challenged and encouraged me and their classes were fun and interesting. Mrs. Willard was a prankster and I was her victim several times! I wasn't sure if college was in my future but they both pushed me in that direction.



Your Favorite Food:  My Mom's pot roast and chocolate.



Favorite Quote or Saying: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Phil 4:13



Hobbies or Activities You are Active In:  

Reading! Reading! Reading! Photography, sewing, music, and running around to whatever sport or activity my kids are doing. Watching their soccer games is my favorite.



Accomplishments or Honors You Have Achieved That You are Proud of:  

I'm the first person in my family to earn a college degree. I loved high school so it's fun and rewarding to be able to continue going to high school for my job every day.

 

Something Most People Don't Know About You:  

I play several musical instruments: piano, accordian, organ, and autoharp. I play the organ at my church.



Loyacano


Name:  Amber Loyacano


Hometown:
  
Sterling, Virginia


Family:
  
I am an only child. My parents are the best and they moved down to the area when my daughter was born. My husband's name is Joe and he works at JMU and my daughter's name is Emma (she is 6 and she is the best).


College Attended and Degree (s):  

James Madison University - BA English and an MAT 



Position:  English: 10-12, Broadcast Journalism, Modern Literature, AP Language and Composition



Best Part of Waynesboro High School:  

The best part of WHS is the people!  I love the people I work with and the students we teach.


Your Favorite Teacher and Why:  

My favorite teacher was Mrs. Johnson my Government teacher.  She was also my teacher for two electives: Comparative Religions and Post WWII.  Mrs. Johnson treated all of her students like her peers.  When I had her she has been teaching for well over 20 years, but she still took the time to understand the lives of her students.  She taught difficult subjects, but she was able to make the information understandable and fun.



Your Favorite Food:  I love fruit in all forms, but really the answer is probably tea or Diet Dr. Pepper.



Favorite Quote or Saying:  "I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library." - Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice



Hobbies or Activities You are Active In:  

I read (a lot), Cooking (I recently started trying to learn how to make macarons), I love watching tv (way too much), but if I am being honest most of my free time is spent doing mom things (and that makes me happy).



Accomplishments or Honors You Have Achieved That You are Proud of:  

I am National Board Certified which took a lot of time and effort, but I am most proud of the honors I have received because of my students.  Being voted favorite teacher seems like a minor thing, but it is super special to me.  I was also awarded the Rotary WHS Teacher of the Year which is a student nomination award.  But the biggest honor to date is being the recipient of the Dawbarn Award.  This is a huge award, one that I never thought I would receive, but it is made even more special by the fact that a student was the one who went through the process to nominate me (thank you Elizabeth Maneval).

 

Something Most People Don't Know About You:  

I feel like I am very open and honest with my students,  but something they may not know about me is that I have an instagram account that is purely about books.  Yes, I am proud of my nerd status.

 



Upson


Name:  Mary Jane Upson


Hometown:
  
Gilbert, SC


Family:
  
John, Hannah Jane, and Samantha Upson


College Attended and Degree (s):  


Winthrop University, BA Fine Arts and EMU, VA Masters in Education



Position:
 
Arts and Crafts 6-12th, Functional Math, English, Science, and History



Best Part of Waynesboro High School:  
The best part is the students.  I love teaching my students.  My day does not begin until I see them.


Your Favorite Teacher and Why:  Mrs. Brown was my favorite teacher.  She encouraged me to become an Art Teacher. She was my art teacher in high school.



Your Favorite Food:  Chicken and Vegetable Curry over rice.

Favorite Quote or Saying:  "You can take the horse to the water but you can't make him drink it."



Hobbies or Activities You are Active In:  When I don't have a broken foot, I like to hike and bike.



Accomplishments or Honors You Have Achieved That You are Proud of:   I am proud of my two beautiful girls, Hannah Jane and Samanth Upson.  I am very blessed to have them in my life.  They bring me so much joy.

 

Something Most People Don't Know About You:   Homecoming Queen in High School




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