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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
  • 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, […]

  • 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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