Thursday, February 20, 2014
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series profiling local teachers of the year.
Chuck Deen, the North Augusta High School director of bands, is in the midst of his 10th year at the school and his 27th as a director.
Last month, he was bestowed the honor of being named the North Augusta High School teacher of the year. The leader of the Jacket Regiment said the experience was humbling.
“It’s a thrill to get to teach in the room that I sat in at the age of my students, obsessing about getting to work and teach in the room I’m in now,” he said. “I think it is so incredibly rewarding that my colleagues recognize the work that my students do. A lot of times people think that a band director’s job ends after the competitive season or after football season and that’s not true.”
Personally, Deen said the experience has been “exciting.”
“It has been cool to be from this town and to work in this town and go places like Kroger and out an around and have people come up and congratulate me,” he said. “That’s so very rewarding. It’s sort of like the Christmas parade. Every year I see the same people on the side of the road every single time. All of those people said so many kind things about the kids and about how well they are doing. It’s just really emotional and a really awesome honor.”
“We are just constantly finding folks who are willing to go above and beyond,” he said.” ... Under the leadership we are under now, especially this year, has done an outstanding job of involving more people.”
Deen said after he received the award, he immediately thanked all of the kids.
“I thought it was really neat, because when it was announced the freshmen class stood up and applauded,” he said. “ ... Like I told the kids, I congratulated them too. They give me a great vehicle to be able to drive. I think if they weren’t buying in to the things we’re trying to do, like a concert a month, and doing what we do, the program wouldn’t continually get stronger every year. I hope that receiving an honor like this will lead to more folks contributing to help the kids.”
Scott Rodgers is the news editor at The North Augusta Star.
and has been with the paper since January 2013.
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