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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
  • 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 […]

  • Veteran Kindergarten Teacher Keeps Kids on Their Toes

    RAINSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – WHNT’s Tools for Teachers award this week goes to Connie McFall, a kindergarten teacher at Plainview Elementary School in Rainsville. She’s been on the job for 28 years and is still keeping a step ahead of her energetic students. Ms. McFall was nominated by April Hamilton, a grateful mom who appreciates how much her son loves his kindergarten and his teacher. “My son comes home every day talking about how great she is and what he’s learned,” April told […]

  • Recognizing Danville’s Veteran Agriscience Teacher

    DANVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The FFA and agriscience programs at Danville High School are the envy of many schools around the region, thanks in large part to Sandy Fields, who’s been teaching for 28 years. Mr. Fields is this week’s Tools for Teachers award winner, which comes with $319 to spend as he sees fit in his shop or classroom. He was nominated by a current student who says Mr. Fields is a “trusted mentor, adviser, and friend to everyone […]

  • Band director settles for nothing less than students’ best

    Madison, Ala. (WHNT) – Our Tools for Teachers mission this week took us to the James Clemens High School band room, where we surprised band director Keith Anderson with $319 to be spent as he sees fit on supplies. Mr. Anderson was nominated by Clemens sophomore, Natalie Falkenberry, who really appreciates the dedication he has for the music program and the example he sets as a human being. She also likes the awards the band is already winning on a […]

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    Second Grader Thanks Her Teacher for Making School Fun

    Lincoln County, Tenn. (WHNT) – Our Tools for Teachers award winner this week is Suzette Pike, a second grade teacher at Highland Rim Elementary.  She was officially nominated by Dr. Bill Edwards, but the idea actually came from his daughter Rhiannon Edwards, a student currently in Ms. Pike’s class.  According to Dr. Edwards, Rhiannon is really loving school, which hasn’t always been the case, and he credits Highland Rim as a whole but especially Ms. Pike. Like many of our […]

  • Lexington School Teacher Leaving a Legacy of Excellence

    Lexington, ALA. (WHNT) – This week’s Tools for Teachers award recipient is Lexington school’s Shelain Collier, a veteran teacher who is in her 25th and — sadly for the Lexington school community — final year. She was nominated by second grader Maggie Brady who loved her experience in Mrs. Collier’s first grade class last year. On Maggie’s behalf, we surprised Mrs. Collier with $319 to spend in her classroom. Like so many in the Shoals area, Mrs. Collier felt the […]

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    Valleywx.com: Overview of severe weather potential for Monday/Tuesday

    This post is intended to give a general overview of the severe weather threat facing the Valley Monday and Tuesday. For a lengthier and more detailed discussion of not only our severe weather expectations, but also tonight’s weather and the cool-down that follows the upcoming storms, head over to the main forecast page. — A long-lived severe weather event is likely around much of the Southeast Monday and Tuesday, including here in the Tennessee Valley. Some questions remain as to […]

  • A Young Choir Teacher is Already Making Her Mark in Muscle Shoals

    Muscle Shoals, ALA. (WHNT) – This week’s Tools for Teachers honor goes to Christina Booker, a music teacher at Muscle Shoals Middle School. She received 319 dollars for supplies during WHNT’s surprise classroom visit. Despite the fact she’s only in her second year as a teacher, Ms. Booker is already changing the landscape at this school by injecting a fresh dose of enthusiasm into the choir programs, getting middle school kids excited about vocal performance. It was the mother of […]

  • West Limestone teacher strives for positive impacts

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – This week’s Tools for Teachers spotlight shines on Tobie Craig, a third grade teacher at West Limestone School. We surprised Mrs. Tobie (as the kids call her) with $319 to spend in her classroom as she sees fit. She was nominated fellow teacher Amanda Gibbs, whose son is in Craig’s class. Gibbs credits Mrs. Tobie for sparking her son’s interest in reading. “Mrs. Tobie has given Daniel confidence and motivation to do his best,” Gibbs […]


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