High Point Academy Spartanburg’s Coach Shannon McDonald aims to help her students improve every day, whether it’s on the volleyball court or in the classroom. She is our High School Spotlight for October. McDonald, in her third year at HPA, teaches high school English-Language Arts and is the Head Volleyball Coach.
Coach McDonald treats students in her class and on her team like family. “They understand when they walk through my classroom door, that it’s a safe environment where they can be themselves,” says McDonald. She believes the key to motivating students for success is directly related to the confidence they have in the classroom. “If I can show them that they ARE capable of achieving more, then they will work a little harder to keep getting better! Students need to see themselves making improvements, no matter how small they may be.”
Teaching became a reality when she was in high school. She says her teachers, at that time, helped teach her more about herself and adds those lessons were more valuable and motivated her to go into education. “If I have the opportunity to change a kid’s mind about their value, then I can give them a new perspective on everything, not just schoolwork. I believe that, while teaching them good reading and writing habits is important.”
Outside the classroom and off the volleyball court, Mrs. McDonald enjoys spending time with her husband Parker and their dog Georgia. She also likes to read, write, and watch movies, as well as spending time with her church family.
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