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Brandon Chambers joined the WHNT News 19 team in June 2011.

Brandon was born and raised in Oklahoma, but his roots run deep in the south. In fact, his grandfather was born here in the Tennsessee Valley in Decatur.

Brandon holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma, and served for seven years as a meteorologist in Oklahoma City, where he covered weather that ranged from destructive tornadoes and hail to ice storms and blizzards.

Other than his passion for weather, Brandon's interests include almost all sports (especially baseball), hunting, fishing, flying, and just about anything else that will get him outdoors.

Recent Articles
  • Veteran special-education teacher brings compassion and composure to the classroom

    FYFFE, Ala. (WHNT) – This week’s Tools for Teachers Award and 319 dollar prize for school supplies belongs to Robert Gilley.  Mr. Gilley is a special education teacher as well as an Iraq War veteran currently serving in the National Guard as a Sergeant First Class military police officer.  He’s been teaching for 13 years and has served our country since 1990. Mr. Gilley was nominated for this honor by the parents of a current Fyffe student.  They wanted to thank their […]

  • Crestline veteran teacher resisting retirement for at least one more year

    HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Lisa Shelton, a second grade teacher at Crestline Elementary in Hartselle, received WHNT News 19’s Tools for Teachers Award, which comes with 319 dollars to spend in her classroom.  She’s been teaching for 35 years and could retire, but she tells us she’s not ready to watch from the sidelines yet. “I also feel like there’s so much more to do, and I think that’s why I’m not ready to retire just yet,” Shelton said. “I […]

  • From metaphors to peer mentors, this Elkmont teacher gets creative teaching math

    ELKMONT, Ala. (WHNT) – This week’s Tools for Teachers award winner is Linda Schmidt, a math teacher at Elkmont High School known for her creativity and relentless pursuit of understanding. Whether it’s a food metaphor relating hot dogs and hamburgers to geometry or letting kids explain concepts to each other, Ms. Schmidt  leaves no method untried when it comes to a student’s understanding. This recognition comes with $319 to spend as she sees fit in her classroom, but the cash is just […]

  • From TV producer to 8th grade English teacher

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) – A prior career as a television-news producer prepared Jodie McNutt well for her current job as an 8th grade English teacher. Her work still revolves around using words to paint a mental picture for an audience; only now instead of writing scripts for anchors to read, she’s teaching students at Scottsboro Junior High the artistry of the well-written word. Ms. McNutt is this week’s Tools for Teachers award winner and recipient of $319 for classroom supplies. She’s […]

  • Guntersville teacher mixes heart with hands-on learning

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- This week’s Tools for Teachers award winner is Barbara Boyles, a science teacher at Guntersville High School.  Like many of our award winners, Ms. Boyles came to teaching a little later in life.  She’s been a chemist and owned her own business-experiences she brings with her into the classroom-but being a parent may have influenced her teaching style even more. Ms. Boyles is known for creative hands-on learning when it comes to teaching science, but it’s her […]

  • Priceville teacher uses both numbers and community service as teaching tools

    PRICEVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  This week’s Tools for Teachers honoree is Ashley McCulloch, a math teacher at Priceville Junior High.  She’s known for her abilities inside the classroom, but it’s her role as advisor to the school’s Junior Civitan Club that garnered her this recognition and the 319 dollar prize for school supplies that goes along with it.  She was nominated by Ed Higdon, a leader in the Civitan organization. The Civitans are an international community service organization with a […]

  • Alaina Pettus teaches a variety of skills through robotics

    KILLEN, Ala. (WHNT) – In one particular classroom at Brooks High School, you’ll find a variety of subjects being taught: from marketing and design to scientific method and engineering, it’s all here in the robotics lab.  Though it’s the robots themselves teaching many of these lessons, the teacher in charge is Alaina Pettus.  Ms. Pettus founded the program three years ago, and her tireless commitment has earned her our Tools for Teacher’s award of $319 to spend in her lab. Under […]

  • Skyline Kindergarten teacher of 30 years says students keep her going

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – She’s been teaching for 30 years.  Now a former student’s son is getting the benefit of learning from a woman who made a lasting impact on his mom. This week, we surprised Debbie Hastings, a Kindergarten teacher at Skyline School with our $319 Tools For Teachers award.  Hastings has taught kindergarteners for 30 years, and that takes a special kind of person. “The school is lucky to have her. The community is lucky to have her,” […]

  • Every day is a new day in this first grade class

    Meridianville, Ala. (WHNT) – For nearly 30 years, Lynn Fanning elementary has been home to one committed first grade teacher.  She’s already well-known in the Madison County School system; now it’s time to tell the rest of the Tennessee Valley about Carol Patton. She’s this week’s Tools for Teachers award winner. With camera in hand, we surprised Ms. Patton with $319 to spend in her classroom as she sees fit. Ms. Patton was nominated by parents Robin and Stewart Mitchell. They wanted to […]

  • Engineer-Turned-Teacher Draws from Real-World Experience

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT)  –  Before beginning his 17-year teaching career, Boaz Middle School science teacher Joe Milner was an engineer, and before that, a biologist. He even has a master’s degree in engineering. But he gave up those career opportunities to become a teacher and better care for his children, and by doing so, found his true calling. He is this week’s Tools for Teachers award winner and recipient of $319 to spend in the classroom. Mr. Milner now brings his real-world […]

  • Monrovia Elementary teacher takes unique approach to teaching history

    MONROVIA, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s a lesson so important it begs to be taught outside of the classroom.  Each school year, Monrovia Elementary’s  teacher Jesse Schmitt has a unique way of teaching his students about Anne Frank. The lesson has a lasting impact and it’s just one of the many reasons he’s being recognized in this week’s Tools For Teachers segment. Schmitt takes the lessons out of his 5th grade classroom and brings them to life for his students. “In […]

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    This “new” teacher is far from inexperienced

    SYLVANIA, Ala. (WHNT) – Alan Smart is a history teacher/football/softball/bass-fishing coach at Sylvania school and is the latest recipient of WHNT’s $319 Tools for Teachers award. Coach Smart has  only been teaching for two years, but he’s far from inexperienced. For 25 years, he was a mechanic in a mill but made the leap to teaching when his mill shut down. That transition wasn’t easy. For two and a half years, Smart commuted to Jacksonville State furthering his own education before becoming […]


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