Beth Duncan is entering her tenth year teaching (ninth year at Alexander Central). She is a 1991 graduate of Warren County High School, a North Carolina Teaching Fellow, a 1995 graduate of Appalachian State University with a bachelor's degree in Secondary English Education (with an endorsement in Spanish), and a 2003 graduate of ASU with a master's degree in Secondary English Education. Beth's husband of seven years teaches math at ACHS. In addition to working at ACHS, Beth also teaches part time at Catawba Valley Community College. In her spare time she enjoys home-improvement projects, reading, writing, crocheting, and working on various craft projects. She took up gardening and scrap booking this summer and has yet to decide if she really enjoys these activities.
Rob Duncan is completing his 15th year at Alexander Central. He is a 1985 graduate of ACHS and is proud to be working at his alma mater. Rob graduated in 1988 with a bachelors degree in math education from Appalachian State. Two years later he earned his masters degree, also from ASU. Rob's wife of nearly seven years teaches English at ACHS. In addition to working at ACHS, Rob also teaches part time at Catawba Valley Community College. In his spare time he enjoys home-improvement projects, working with computers and reading. His favorite authors include Kathy Reichs, Lee Child, Dan Brown, and Nelson DeMille. If there were a reading requirement for his classes, it would include the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series by the late Douglas Adams. You can rest assured that when he's at his computer, Mr Duncan, like Mr. Mitchell, probably has some Buffett playing in the background.
David Lee is in his 12th year teaching chemistry at ACHS. Originally from High Point, NC, he now calls Bethlehem his home. He was awarded a bachelor's degree at Appalachian State University in 1980 and has recently completed a master's degree in science education through the distance learning program at Montana State University in Bozeman. His graduate research focused on the value of computer-based homework. David has been married for over 13 years. He has three step-daughters and four grandchildren. His hobbies include hiking, traveling, geography, golf, watching sports and reading. His favorite authors include John Grisham, David Baldacci, and Tim Green.
William Mitchell is currently finishing his 15th year of teaching biology and his third year of teaching physics. He is a 1983 graduate of Alexander Central and a member of Lenoir Rhyne College class of 1988 where he received a bachelors degree in biology with certification in science (grades 6-12) and mathematics (grades 6-9). His interest in nature led him to study biology. William's hobbies of gardening and water skiing reflect his love of the outdoors. He also enjoys reading about current trends and predictions related to business and society. These readings led to the creation of this class-related web site. To relax when life gets too hectic, William puts on some Jimmy Buffett music and takes a mental vacation to the Florida Keys until he is recharged and ready to go.
Bill Vinson is an educational philosopher in his thirteenth year at ACHS. He did his undergraduate work at Appalachian State University, followed by a master’s degree in school counseling from Lenoir-Rhyne College. In 2003, Bill completed his doctoral studies in educational leadership at Appalachian State. He currently teaches twelfth grade English at ACHS, as well as some graduate and undergraduate courses for Appalachian State. An avid reader and thinker, Bill especially enjoys novels by authors who have stood the test of time: Austen, Hardy, Eliot, Achebe, and Tolstoy are on the short list of his favorites. Bill lives in the Ellendale community with his wife and two daughters. When he’s not teaching, he enjoys camping, gardening, fishing, bicycle riding, swimming, and music. He is bassist/vocalist in a blues band called The Alligators, has performed with his daughter Caroline in a dance recital, and legend has it that he has impersonated Elvis before.
Mary Beth White is beginning her first year teaching, working in both English and Spanish. A single woman often mistaken for fellow English educator Mary Beth (White) Bumgarner, she is new to Alexander County, moving from a small farm in Fairview, NC. This NC Teaching Fellow is a recent graduate of Western Carolina University and alumna of AC Reynolds High School. While in university, she enjoyed reading the works of John Milton, traveling to Mexico and Ireland, marching with the colorguard, and attending the Baptist Student Union. Aspirations of this young teacher focus on higher education, perhaps a master's degree in the literature of women of color. Her hobbies include singing, reading historical fiction, and listening to almost any kind of music.