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Kevin Byrd, History Teacher

Q: What is your full name?

A: Kevin Mitchell Byrd

Q: How old are you?

A: 29

Q: How do you think your age affects your relationship with the student body?

A: I thought they might not respect me but I’ve learned that my age helps me understand and communicate better with them.

Q: What have your previous jobs been?

A: Lifeguard, Lowes, Teachers Aide- FEB, 6th Grade History Intermediate Teacher

Q: What did you want to be when you were little?

A: Pirate. Later on, High School History Teacher.

Q: What was your first honest opinion of Hartselle High School?

A: Less Cliques, Good Students, Good Work Ethic.

Q: Has there been any staff members in particular who has made your transition easy?

A: Mrs. Alexander (Intermediate History Teacher) Mr. Cooper, Mrs. Walker, and Mr. Hanners

Q: What were you like in high school?

A: Had long hair, was really into music and was in a band.

Q: What type of music do you listen to?

A: Rock and Praise & Worship

Q: What are your favorite books, movies, or TV shows?

A: TV- Friends

Books- Mere Christianity

Q: Who was your role model?

A: Mrs. Peck (taught history here)

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Tamisha Key, English Teacher

Q. What is your full name?

A. Tamisha Key

Q. How old are you?

A. 38

Q. How do you think your age affects your relationship with the student body?

A. I think my years allow me to give advice when needed, but I don’t feel that I am too old to understand what teenagers are going through in their lives.

Q. What have your previous jobs been?

A. Teacher- Arab High School

Teacher- Hayden High School

Q. What did you want to be when you were little?

A. Radiologist

Q. What was your first honest opinion of Hartselle High?

A. I love it! Seems like a close knit family that supports and encourages each other.

Q. Has there been a staff member in particular who has made your transition here easier?

A. My husband, Coach Key. The English department has checked on me and brought needed materials. I couldn’t ask for a better department.

Q. What were you like in high school?

A. Shy at times, but I was a cheerleader. I had to come out of my shell on occasion. I did my best to make all As, but math was not my friend.

Q. What type of music do you listen to?

A. Contemporary Christian; or whatever music my children listen to in the car.

Q. What are your favorite books, movies, or TV shows?

A. Redeeming Love, To Kill a Mockingbird, Hunger Games Trilogy and Divergent Trilogy - Books

Comedies and movies adapted from novels- Movie

Grey’s Anatomy and Friends- TV shows

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Jordan Lybrand, Guidance Counselor

Q: What is your full name?

A: Jordan Cantrell Lybrand

Q: How old are you?

A: 30

Q: How do you think your age affects your relationship with the student body?

A: I would like to think that I am still young and can relate to a lot of the student body

Q: What have your previous jobs been?

A: I was a PE Teacher and Coach (Volleyball, Basketball, and Softball) at Decatur High and then I became the Counselor at Decatur High.

Q: What did you want to be when you were little?

A: PE Teacher/ Basketball Coach

Q: What was your first honest opinion of Hartselle High?

A: I thought it was wonderful!

Q: Has there been a staff member in particular who has made your transition here easier?

A: Mrs. Gladden

Q: What were you like in High School?

A: I played a lot of sports

Q: What type of music do you listen to?

A: All types

Q: What are your favorite books, movies, or TV shows?

A: Scandal/ Disney Junior with my two children

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Cory Wilbanks, Guidance Counselor

What is your full name?

A. Cory Wilbanks

Q. How old are you?

A. 38

Q. How do you think your age affects your relationship with the student body?

A.I am able to relate to my students because of my own high school and college experiences not necessarily my age. .

Q. What have your previous jobs been?

A. Banking 5 ½ years

Chamber in Corinth, Mississippi- Community Development Director

Chamber in Decatur, Alabama- Director of Leadership Development

Q. What did you want to be when you were little?

A. Nurse

Q. What was your first honest opinion of Hartselle High?

A. Fabulous facility, great students and stuff

Q. Has there been a staff member in particular who has made your transition here easier?

A. Mrs. Gladden

Q. What were you like in high school?

A. Attended Athens High School. Was very active/ involved in clubs, cheerleader, good student

Q. What type of music do you listen to?

A. Christian, country

Q. What are your favorite books, movies, or TV shows?

A. Little women – Book

Remember the Titians -- Movie

Big Bang Theory, HGTV- TV shows

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Dylan Bunnell, Special Ed Aide

What is your full name?

A: Dylan Patrick Bunnell

Q: How old are you?

A: 22

Q: How do you think your age affects your relationship with the student body?

A: By being younger it helps me build relationship with the student because you can relate to the students better. Makes the experience unique.

Q: What have your previous jobs been?

A: Last year helped at Crestline, Doublehead Resort in Town Creek (worked maintenance and recreation), Special ED in Lexington High, was a substitute teacher after high school

Q: What did you want to be when you were little?

A: Basketball coach and teacher

Q: What was your first honest opinion of Hartselle High?

A: Large but put together. There is also a lot of inner school unity. Kids are also very impressive. There are many good kids and people period. People here do the things the right way and that is why I was attracted to Hartselle High. Everyone has championship DNA. Hartselle successes in all field not just in one field. And the student try to be the best they can be. Another cool thing about Hartselle is they have classes and clubs that will actually help learn skill and determine what they want to do in the future. For example career prep and BTA. But I feel like the students should join and become more involved than sitting in the gym. Overall Hartselle feel like my home to me.

Q: What were you like in high school?

A: I was your typical jock, I played football, basketball (which is my favorite), and baseball. But I was straight A student to be able to play those sports. I was also very social and very involved in school. I was a procrastinator though. I also was very mindset, if I wanted to do something I put my all into it, I never had a plan B. I went to Lexington High.

Q: What type of music do you listen to?

A: Country and folk music

Q: What are your Favorite books, movies, or TV shows?

A: Book – Swing your Sword - Movie – Armageddon - TV- Justified

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Dusty Schofield, Special Ed Aide

Q: What is your full name?

A: Dusty Schofield

Q: How old are you?

A: 27

Q: How do you think your age affects your relationship with the student body?

A: Positively. I am still young enough to understand at least half of what they are talking about. I feel like I can make good connections with the students.

Q: What have your previous jobs been?

A: I have worked at Brewer High School for the past three ear in Special Education.

Q: What did you want to be when you were little?

A: Hippie

Q: What was your first honest opinion of Hartselle High?

A: Best high school in the state

Q: Has there been a staff member in particular who has made your transition here easer?

A: Ms. Hall, Mrs. Howell, Coach Gladden

Q What were you like in high school?

A: Trouble…I like to have fun!

Q: What type of music do you listen to?

Country or Rock. Really, I enjoy all music.

Q: What are your favorite books, movies, or TV shows?

I enjoy reading about special education in America. Whether it is new assistive technology for the classroom, inspiring stories, or legislation on special education.

I love the “Walking Dead.” I cannot help but watch it every Sunday night that it comes on. Other than that, I’m watching ESPN. Football season is the most wonderful time of the year.

Kristi Barber, Student Teacher Science Department

What is your full name?

A. Kristi Barber

Q. How old are you?

A. 32

Q. How do you think your age affects your relationship with the student body?

A. Being on the younger side, easier to connect with students

Q. What have your previous jobs been?

A. Cashier, waitress, customer service at Walmart

Q. What did you want to be when you were little?

A. Pediatrician

Q. What was your first honest opinion of Hartselle High?

A. It’s huge! got lost easy!

Q. Has there been a staff member in particular who has made your transition here easier?

A. Mrs. English

Q. What were you like in high school?

A. Quiet, shy

Q. What type of music do you listen to?

A. Almost everything

Q. What are your favorite books, movies, or TV shows?

A. Mysteries- book

Dramas, American Sniper- movies

Walking dead, NCIS- show

Victoria Counce, Student Teacher Math Department

Q: What is your full name?

A: Victoria Lynn Counce

Q: How old are you?

A: 22

Q: How do you think your age affects your relationship with the student body?

A: Since I am very young I can still relate.

Q: What have your previous jobs been?

A: Manager at O’ Brian’s , Wagon Wheel, Point Mallard Life Guard

Q: What did you want to be when you were little?

A: Math Teacher

Q: What was your first honest opinion of Hartselle High?

A: I was amazed

Q: Has there been a staff member in particular who has made your transition here easier?

A: Mrs. Wilson

Q: What were you like in High School?

A: Outgoing, friendly, smart, homecoming queen

Q: What type of music do you listen to?

A: Country

Q: What are your favorite books, movies, or TV shows?

A: Nicholas Sparks books/movies, Hawaii Five 0

Will Lang, Student Teacher Science Department

Q: What is your full name?

A: William Glenn Lang

Q: How old are you?

A: 22

Q: How do you think your age affects your relationship with the student body?

A: I think I relate to the students very well because I remember what it’s like to be in their shoes. The students have also done a good job of showing respect, as well.

Q: What have your previous jobs been?

A: I coached football at UNA for one year. I worked at Dick’s Sporting Goods for three years while in college. I worked at a gym in Florence for a little under a year.

Q: What did you want to be when you were little?

A: Obviously, the dream was to play in the NFL. Once I realized that was not going to happen I knew I was going to be a teacher and a coach. I would not minding coaching at the college level.

Q: What was your first honest opinion of Hartselle High?

A: The best school in the state. The teachers are awesome and prepare you for college. The extracurricular activities are extremely fun and teach you many great life lessons.

Q: Has there been a staff member in particular who has made your transition here easier?

A: Every teacher and staff member has been very helpful, but Mrs. Forsythe in particular has been great. Our personalities in the classroom are identical and she’s helped me in every possible way.

Q: What were you like in high school?

A: I probably shouldn’t admit it, but I liked to talk in class. I gave my teachers a hard time at times, but overall I was a good student. I typically made all A’s. Sports have always been important in my life, especially in high school. I played baseball, basketball, and football, but football was my favorite by far.

Q: What type of music do you listen to?

A: Mostly country. A little rap and rock.

Q: What are your favorite books, movies, or TV shows?

I am a huge fan of TV shows. Prison Break is the best TV show on the face of the earth. The Blacklist is a close second. Friday Night Lights and Sons of Anarchy tie for my third favorite. Anything with action.