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Local teacher welcomes kids back to school with music video

Posted at 8:24 PM, Sep 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-11 20:24:43-04

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - Many teachers make back-to-school banners for their students.

But because students are learning from home right now, Deep Creek High history teacher Chauncey Foreman wanted to get his students in the school spirit.

So, he made a video to get the year started on a light note.

It was such a hit, his fellow teachers nominated him for a People Taking Action award. We also presented him with a $300 Visa gift card from our community partner, Southern Bank.

Most of the teachers in this room taught Chauncey when he was a Hornet.

“You are a Deep Creek Hornet as well, yes?" I asked him.

"Yes ma’am, Class of 2012."

I also asked him what brought him back to the school and why he does what he does.

"I love the kids, obviously - mentoring is my heart. Being a teacher, you’re able to connect with kids on a level that any other profession you don’t get to do it at that level," he explained.

“Chauncey really does have a passion for working with our youth, so we are are so glad to have him he is such an asset to Deep Creek High School.”

Watching the video, it's apparent Chauncey has authentic enthusiasm for teaching. He agreed.

"Yes ma’am. I’ve found that just in my short time of teaching so far, when you’re enthusiastic the kids get excited, and it makes it fun for the whole class," he said.

“He’s always smiling. He’s always positive. What you see in the video is what you get when you watch him walk down the hallway, and it's just contagious for not only the faculty, but the students as well.”

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We also spoke to his 9th grade keyboard teacher and asked her if she had a little bit to do with how the video turned out.

"You know, what can I say, Chauncey? Love!”

Another fun fact we learned - Chauncey was the mascot for the school's basketball games!

And even though he’s the one holding the chalk and eraser now, his school spirit is still flying high.

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