Chaney: 45 years.
Me: What made you decide to become a teacher?
C: I came from a small town and didn’t have the money to go to school. I loved athletics though and I ended up getting a football scholarship. I became a teacher because I wanted to be able to help students improve their education and make something of themselves.
Me: What is your favorite thing about your job?
C: Working with my students and helping them improve.
Me: What is your favorite class/subject to teach?
C: I really like teaching School & Community relations because it takes the whole community into account. In a lot of small towns, the community revolves around the school and you have to get everyone in the community on board in order to make things work.
Me: What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you in the classroom?
C: My classes have a lot of discussion and sometimes it’s pretty funny to see my students get really fired up about something we’re discussing. I think it’s great for them to be able to voice their opinions though. I would rather them interact in class rather than sit there like bumps on a log.
Me: What do you like to do in your spare time?
C: I love spending time with my family and going to high school or college ball games (football & basketball). I like high school/college sports better than pro sports because it seems at the pro level they’re in it just for the money. At the high school and college level, they are in it for the love of the game.
Me: If you could travel anywhere in the world all expenses paid, where would you go?
C: I think it would be really neat to teach in Italy (at HUF) for a semester. Even if it was just for a
summer semester, I think it would be great just to say I’d been there and I’d love to travel around and see the sights.
Me: What is your favorite season and why?
C: I like fall. It’s football season and the weather is so clean and refreshing. It’s a nice relief after the brutal heat of an Arkansas summer.
Me: If you could meet anyone in history, who would it be?
C: I’d like to meet Jesus because he was the only perfect person in this world.
Me: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
C: “Don’t believe anything you hear and only about half of what you see.” I had a coach tell me that once and I really liked it.