Riversprings Middle School math instructor David McBrayer was selected by his peers as March Teacher of the Month.
“Mr. Mac”, as he is affectionately called by students and faculty alike, is in his 14th year at RMS. Prior to being hired in Wakulla, he taught math for two years in Leon County.
McBrayer has taught Advanced Math in grades 6 through 8, and currently teaches 8th grade Algebra 1 for high school credit, plus 8thgrade Pre-Algebra.
A graduate of Sneads High School, McBrayer went on to earn his AA degree at Chipola Junior College and his bachelor’s degree in Math Education from FSU.
“It’s the ‘ah-ha’ moments that put a smile on my face,” he notes. “I love when I can get my students involved with a lesson and watch them want to learn more. I enjoy seeing them be so proud of a grade they earned that they assumed was impossible for them.”
As part of the AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) Site Team since 2008, McBrayer was integral in RMS becoming an AVID National Demonstration School. He shares, “On a site visit from an AVID Regional Representative, I was pulled to the side. The rep said, ‘This is off topic, but we are interested in you working for us teaching AVID skills to other teachers.’ I never gave an answer, which really meant I am happy teaching at RMS.”
Notes RMS Principal Michele Yeomans, “Mr. Mac brings humor and passion for teaching to the classroom each and every day. He is a team player and will do anything asked of him, from coaching girls’ soccer for 13 years, to currently being a Teacher Coach who mentors other teachers.
“In addition, he has an exceptional pass rate for students who take the state’s Algebra 1 exam to earn high school credit. We are fortunate to have him as an RMS Bear.”
written by Beth O'Donnell