#WCPSS Hero - Mr. Campbell
Mr. Campbell was nominated and recognized as a WCPSS Hero for his tremendous dedication and work for Fuquay-Varina Middle School!!!
"Brandon Campbell is a Super Hero! He has tirelessly supported the staff and students of FVMS throughout this pandemic. He created our distance learning platform and spent countless hours meeting with teachers and training us on numerous applications, website design, and led through example with limitless patience, care, and professionalism. In addition, he continued to teach his own classes while also supporting small elementary children of his own at home. Brandon went above and beyond the call of duty by working weekends, late nights, and every day during Spring Break because of his love for our school's staff and students. Our school's theme this year was that every teacher is a "Super Hero". Brandon has exemplified that exponentially.”
Interview with Mr. Campbell:
What's your previous experience?
Before I began serving as the Instructional Facilitator for the 2019-2020 school year, I taught 6th Grade Mathematics at Fuquay Varina Middle School for two years. Prior to entering WCPSS, I taught 5th Grade at Promise Land Academy and served as the music director for Hopewell, a ministry of Jacksonville Florida (Duval County). My professional career began in Hallsboro NC though. After earning my degree from UNC-Pembroke, I earnestly wanted to return home to Columbus County to contribute to the community and county that I was a result of.
Do you have any hobbies that you enjoy?
I love playing basketball and piano.
What is a cool fact about you?
I have a YouTube channel where I post piano covers and tutorials for songs. I'm about to launch a series of videos that teaches absolute beginners how to play the piano in all twelve keys. You should look me up "BMajorForMusic." Be sure to like, share, and subscribe.
Why have you chosen this career?
Honestly, I entered this field because I wanted to change the world one child at a time. Especially for our boys. I remember going through school and having only one male teacher between kindergarten and eighth grade. I thought, maybe I could serve as a role model on how to treat people, carry yourself (especially in public), and how to handle adversity. If children were shown this at an early age, they would be m0re likely to carry this knowledge for the rest of their lives. You know, all the stuff that this world needs more of and that you can't find in a math book.
What is your favorite thing about your job? Honestly, it's as simple as seeing that kid or colleague at the start of their day, class, lunch, etc... and to have a moment where I can share a laugh, a word of positivity, a hug, high-five, or pound. To have those moments produce a smile just about takes away from all the stress of the job.
What have been the most challenging and rewarding parts of your work in the past year? The most challenging parts from this past year were 1) trying to muster the courage to leave the classroom and enter my role as Instructional Facilitator -and- 2) having the faith to stay in that role once I got there. I had gotten to a point where I really felt like I had a good hold on my teaching style, was able to balance work, home, and church in a great manner, and overall just enjoy going to work and teaching in my little classroom with my group of kids.
The most rewarding was taking that step and leaving the classroom. This past year I was able to see so many of the kids each and everyday, which I would not have seen if I were confined to my classroom. I was able to work with my colleagues that weren't just on my grade level or in my discipline, but the entire school. I hadn't realize how much teachers actually don't see one another if they are in different buildings and serve on different grade levels and disciplines. It was rewarding and refreshing to strengthen my rapport with all my colleagues.
What are your goals for next year? "In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." Matt. 5:16
I will continue to intentionally connect with each and every student and continue to be that positive person that students and staff are drawn to. We need it get through these times.