Teacher Spotlight 🔦J. Terry Abernethy

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Teacher Spotlight: Terry Abernethy

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Teacher Spotlight: Terry Abernethy


Name: J. Terry Abernethy

What Subject/classes/sports/clubs do you teach/coach/advise: I teach U.S. History and U.S. Government; Assistant Coach for Mock Trials, and Japanese Immersion Club Sponsor

How long teaching:  Since 2006 at THS: 12 years

Family: I have been married for 27 years to a pharmacist.  My oldest son, age 20, works and my youngest, age 17, is a senior at the Mississippi School for Math and Science.

Favorite thing about teaching: When students who are struggling begin to understand concepts

Least favorite thing about teaching: Students who don’t care either by talking or not paying attention

Hobby outside of school: Fishing (fresh and salt-water), kayaking, hunting, trivia games, watching home improvement shows, food shows, and American Pickers.

Special Talent(s): I do public address for 7th, 8th, and 9th grade football games and fill in for varsity.

People would be surprised to know:  I was adopted and recently decided to find my birth-parents.  I was a TV Reporter for 17 years.

Most memorable moment as a teacher:  When a student who no one would thought would pass the U.S. History state test worked hard and scored proficient.