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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
  • Engaging Kindergarten Teacher Keeps Learning Fun for Kids

    Asbury, Ala. (WHNT) – This week’s Tools for Teachers 319 dollar award recipient is Natalie Smith, a kindergarten teacher at Asbury Elementary School in Marshall County. Ms. Smith is being recognized  for the energetic atmosphere she maintains in the classroom. Asbury principal, Amanda Hollaway, tells us that Ms. Smith uses the latest tools to keep the drudgery out of school for her young students. “The kids love her, she is fun and engaging, and she does a lot with technology. […]

  • Ider special-needs teacher has been giving her all for 30 years

    IDER, Ala. (WHNT) – Our Tools for Teachers honor this week , along with 319 dollars to spend in her classroom, goes to Kim Keena, a special needs teacher at Ider High School.  You may see several familiar faces in this week’s story. We featured one of Ms. Keena’s students, Taylor Mitchell, when Taylor was crowned homecoming queen last September. Watch Taylor’s crowning moment: ‘A Dream Come True’: Ider Student With Special Needs Gets Crowned Homecoming Queen Taylor’s mother, Rita Mitchell, […]

  • East Lawrence Kindergarten Teacher Brings Tons of Energy

    Trinity, Ala. (WHNT) – East Lawrence Elementary is home to a staff full of exceptional teachers, but this week we are spotlighting Sandi Moreland, a kindergarten teacher whose boundless energy rivals that of her students. She received our 319 dollar Tools for Teachers award to spend in her class as she sees fit. Ms. Moreland’s spirited approach to education is appreciated by parents as well as grandparents. Stephanie Pugh, grandmother to an East Lawrence kindergartner, nominated Ms. Moreland. “She makes […]

  • Westlawn Teacher Says Personal Relationships are Key to Teaching Success

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) – Our Tools for Teachers mission this week takes us to Westlawn Middle School to pay a visit to Naomi Swords, a second-year 6th grade teacher who’s already getting the attention of students and administrators. Westlawn principal Lynette Alexander says the numbers speak for themselves. “Last year, just in the area of reading, she had 85% growth for her students,  so that’s very high.  That’s a year to two years growth in one school year, so she’s […]

  • Eva Teacher Couldn’t Ignore The Call To Teach

    EVA, Ala. (WHNT) – Our Tools for Teachers award winner this week is Kathy DeFoor, a fifth grade teacher at Eva school. Ms. DeFoor’s career path didn’t begin in education. She spent a few years in business before the call to teach became too strong to resist. Now, after a master’s degree, a national teacher certification, and 16 years in the classroom, Ms. DeFoor’s enthusiasm hasn’t waned in the slightest. Eva principal, Patrick Patterson, says DeFoor’s passion translates into teaching […]

  • Sylvania teacher’s extra effort doesn’t go unnoticed

    Sylvania, Ala. (WHNT) –  Our Tools for Teachers award recipient this week is Natalie Ragsdale, a Sylvania High School social sciences teacher who puts her money and time where her mouth is. Each summer, Ms. Ragsdale holds crams sessions to help prepare students for the graduation exam. She even provides lunch with money out of her own pocket for those who attend. She is also known for encouraging kids to think for themselves about the subjects she teaches. Ms. Ragsdale’s […]

  • Forest Hills Kindergarten Teacher Has Parents’ “Thumbs Up”

    FLORENCE,  Ala. (WHNT) – Shea Thompson is a kindergarten teacher at Forest Hills Elementary whose classroom environment is full of encouragement in the form of hand claps and thumbs-up. Now, she’s getting a little pat on the back herself through our Tools for Teachers award. Brandie and Paul Dunstan, parents of one of Ms. Thompson’s kindergartners, appreciated the passion and commitment to their son’s education so much that they took the time nominate this nine year educator for the honor. […]

  • Mt. Carmel Teacher Drives Bus, Visits Students’ Families at Home

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – This week’s Tools for Teachers $319 award recipient is Eddie Pack, a third grade teacher Mt. Carmel Elementary. In addition to his teaching duties, Mr. Pack also drives a school bus before and after school, meaning his typical workday is 12 to 14 hours. Fittingly, it was his job as a bus driver that led Mr. Pack to an education career in the first place. His principal at the time saw the heart Mr. Pack […]

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    Athens Teacher Keeps Science Fun and Engaging

    ATHENS, Ala (WHNT) – This week’s Tools for Teachers award recipient is Debbie Elmore, a science teacher at Athens Intermediate School. She was nominated by Amanda Roberts, whose daughter was in Ms. Elmore’s class last year. Dr. Benitha Jones, Assistant Principal at Athens Intermediate, helped us surprise Ms. Elmore. Elmore is known for keeping science a fun and engaging experience for her kids, and plans to spend the $319 prize that accompanies our Tools for Teachers award on dissection. More […]

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    Fayetteville Art Teacher Inspires Students

    FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (WHNT) – This week’s Tools for Teachers award recipient is Jennie Roles-Walter.  She’s an artist as well as an art teacher at Fayetteville High School who’s getting creativity out of her students many didn’t know they had. In addition to the basics of art, Ms. Roles-Walter also strives to instill a sense of generosity in her students through fundraisers where their creations are sold to benefit worthy causes.  She says her approach to art and art education has […]

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    Tanner’s Misty Dindlebeck Credits Famous Poet in Her Teaching Approach

    TANNER, Ala. (WHNT) – Our Tools for Teachers winner for the week of September 2, 2013 is Misty Dindlebeck, a third grade teacher at Tanner School. This veteran educator of eight years was nominated by fellow teacher Tracy Jones, who is also mom to a former student of Ms. Dindlebeck. After our customary classroom surprise where we presented $319 to our honoree, we learned a little about Ms. Dindlebeck’s keys to success. She says she can sum up her approach […]

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    Pisgah Math Teacher Making a Difference in Students’ Lives

    PISGAH, Ala. (WHNT) – Katrina Wheeler teaches 5th and 6th grade math at Pisgah School and is our first Tools for Teachers award recipient of the new school year. Assistant principal Bill Shelton says Ms. Wheeler keeps her kids engaged in their lessons by first showing that she cares. “Students that go into her class always know she cares about them and to me that’s  a big hurdle you have to get over if you expect to get the best […]