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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
  • Boaz Intermediate Teacher Makes Science a Tangible Experience

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) – Our Tools For Teacher’s recognition and $319 reward this week goes to Rachel Noles, a fourth grade teacher at Boaz Intermediate School. This 14 year veteran educator was nominated by current student, Peyton Cooper, who told us Ms. Noles makes learning fun through hands-on activities. Ms. Noles tells us this interactive approach is key in making science come alive for her students. “I just really enjoy seeing them working hands-on and getting to see things you […]

  • Thanks to Special Teacher, Technology Keeps Special First Grader Connected

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – This week’s Tools for Teachers award of 319 dollars goes to April Clark, a first grade teacher at Goldsmith Schiffman Elementary in Big Cove. Amber Bray sent us this nomination after hearing the story of Ms. Clark’s commitment to keep one special student connected to the rest of the her class, even at a distance. Mary Nelson, a first grader in Ms. Clark’s class, suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a disease that affects Mary’s muscles but […]

  • Wilson School’s Robin Phillips Teaches, Coaches, Mentors

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – This week’s Tools for Teachers recognition and 319 dollars award goes to Robin Phillips, a 7th grade math teacher and coach at Wilson school. Mr. Phillips was nominated by Madison, a former student who wanted to express her appreciation for Mr. Phillips’ patience and ability to make math comprehensible. Mr. Phillips says the learning success starts with a positive classroom environment. “They are always eager to learn if you can just get on the same page, […]

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    Valleywx.com: Minor Snow Possible Thursday with Temperature Plunge

    The slight warming trend will continue on Wednesday with temperatures near average, but we won’t bask in the seasonably mild conditions for long. That less-chilly southeast breeze you’ll feel tomorrow will be the result of another approaching storm system, which is set to drag more arctic air into the area while giving us another shot at showers and another round of snow. Rain chances increase after midnight Wednesday night while the colder air moves closer to the Valley. Our temperatures […]

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    Valleywx.com: Drizzle or Light Rain thru Evening, Flurries Possible

    Just to make the outdoors even more uninviting this afternoon, a fast moving mid-level disturbance is beginning to spread some light precipitation into the Western Tennessee Valley this afternoon. We’ll mainly see light rain or drizzle through the rest of the afternoon and into the early evening hours as the disturbance moves east, but occasional snow flurries will also be a possibility as temperatures continue to drop. Don’t expect anything too heavy, and your evening plans should be impacted greatly […]

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    Saturday Evening Update: Severe Weather Moving Closer

    Update: The Storm Prediction Center has issued a new tornado watch for much of western and southern middle Tennessee until midnight. For more information click here. Several reports of wind damage along with a couple of tornadoes have been produced by the line of severe thunderstorms moving into western Tennessee, northwestern Mississippi, and Louisiana this afternoon. The Storm Prediction Center has issued an update on the ongoing tornado watch affecting these areas. For our weather savvy readers, the full text from the […]

  • Discovery’s Anthony Graham Makes Impacts Beyond The Classroom

    Madison, Ala. (WHNT) – Discovery Middle School math teacher Anthony Graham is not only known for helping math make sense for his students, but he’s also big on teaching character. His  R.U.F.F. program (Ready yoUrself For the Future), empowers young men to become leaders through mentorship and community service. He is this week’s Tools for Teachers award winner and recipient of 319 dollars to spend as he see fit in his classroom. As a testament to his success as a […]

  • Chemist Turned Teacher Seeks to Reach Kids at a Critical Age

    ARDMORE, Ala. (WHNT) –  Mike DeFiore, a 7th and 8th grade science teacher at Ardmore School, is this week’s Tools for Teachers honoree and recipient of $319 to use as he sees fit in the classroom. He was nominated by Alexander McMahon, an appreciative student who says Mr. DeFiore makes science fun and spends a lot of money out of his own pocket for classroom materials. Mr. DeFiore spent three decades as a chemist in industry before before making the […]

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    This Central School Teacher Has Some Kids Asking For Seconds

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Cindy Marsh has been teaching at Central School for eight years now. The first five were spent teaching kindergarten, but she’s been teaching 4th grade for the last three, allowing her to teach many of her students for a second time, often at the specific requests of parents. One parent, Tracy Hutchins, took her appreciation a step further by nominating Ms. Marsh for our $319 Tools for Teachers surprise. Hutchins credits Ms. Marsh’s even-keeled demeanor […]

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    Crestline’s Jessica Halverson Recognized for Teaching Collaborative Thinking and Problem Solving

    HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Our Tools for Teachers $319 award recipient this week is Jessica Halverson, a 4th grade teacher at Crestline Elementary in Hartselle. She was nominated by a Donna Casteele, a mother grateful for the education her son received in Ms. Halverson’s class. Like many of the standout teachers we recognize through the school year, Ms. Halverson didn’t originally set out to become a teacher. Her original degree was in communications, but she couldn’t ignore the call to […]

  • 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, […]


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