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October 26, 2023

Wofford acclaimed as Teacher of the Year

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Wendy Le
The Sidekick adviser Chase Wofford was named 2023-24 Coppell High School Teacher of the Year on Wednesday. Seven nominees were announced last Friday and the winner was announced at Wednesday’s faculty meeting. Wofford received a certificate, blanket, backpack, jacket and Visa gift card.

The Sidekick adviser Chase Wofford has been named 2023-24 Coppell High School Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made by CHS Principal Laura Springer at Wednesday’s staff meeting. 

On Dec. 1, seven nominees for Teacher of the Year comprising of AP English/Creative Writing teacher Matthew Bowden, Anatomy and Physiology teacher Jodie Deinhammer, AP/IB Art teacher Michelle Hauske, special education teacher Laura Hynson, health science teacher Ray Pool, band director Kimberly Shuttlesworth and Wofford.

Not expecting to receive the acclamation, Wofford was surprised to hear his name be called Springer as she announced the winner. 

“I froze and I wasn’t sure what to do,” Wofford said. “After seeing other teachers go through the same thing, in my mind I was thinking, ‘I am kind of glad I don’t have to stand up there and talk in front of everyone,’ but in the moment I was very honored. It was all a cool deal and once I saw my family in the auditorium, it made it even less uncomfortable to talk about myself, which is not my favorite thing to do.” 

He thanked the Career and Technical Education department for its efforts in the school during his words. 

“I wanted to recognize the CTE department just because I think CTE teachers work really hard for the class to be something that the kids like coming into,” Wofford said. “We’re not the AP of IB class that stands out academically, but we do pride ourselves on developing skills that apply to real life.”

The Sidekick adviser Chase Wofford was named 2023-24 Coppell High School Teacher of the Year on Wednesday. Seven nominees were announced last Friday and the winner was announced at Wednesday’s faculty meeting. Wofford received a certificate, blanket, backpack, jacket and Visa gift card. (Wendy Le)

KCBY-TV adviser Kendra Carter spoke on behalf of Wofford during the meeting. She cites him for his kindness and dedication as an adviser. 

“I talked about him being a colleague and how I appreciate working with him,” Carter said. “In between classes, we always hang out in the hallways and talk, and I enjoy his sense of humor and his willingness to help. I also appreciate how whenever there is any student that walks by, he always speaks to them which shows the genuine relationship he has with his students, and how he is caring and puts in so much time in the program. He does this not because it is his job, but because he is passionate about it. He is truly teaching them, and it’s not just a class – he is preparing them for the future.”

The Sidekick executive editor-in-chief Sri Achanta said the staff is thrilled about Wofford receiving this recognition. 

“There are not enough words to describe how proud our staff felt,” Achanta said “Everyone is so happy, because he works so hard for our program and this is the recognition he definitely deserves. As an adviser, he reads every single thing posted on coppellstudentmedia.com, and we post an extraordinary amount of things. Every single story that has been posted, has been through his eyes and what’s even more amazing is that he remembers every detail about it.” 

Features editor Anushree De contributed to this report.

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Sahasra Chakilam
Sahasra Chakilam, News Editor

Sahasra is a junior and the news editor of The Sidekick with an unwavering passion for reporting and writing. She’s a hardworking student at Coppell High School by day and an active media enthusiast by night. She loves to be outside, walking along scenic trails teeming with a multitude of wildlife. Otherwise, she’s biking through the roads of her neighborhood, enjoying the bountiful winds in Texas with her fellow friends. 

If not outdoors, she pursues her love of all media, ranging from TV shows to movies to music. She enjoys unwinding with her favorite humorous sitcoms like New Girl or Community or some of her favorite iconic movies, like Mamma Mia and La La Land. At other times, she prefers to broaden her horizons by exploring new movies and sharing her thoughts on them through reviews. You can also often find her at many indie and pop concerts, fully immersing herself in the atmosphere. She has a broad and diverse range of music she loves to listen to, ranging from Lana Del Rey to Tyler the Creator, but she is a big Swiftie at heart.

You can contact her at [email protected] or follow her on 'X' (@sahasrachak24).

Wendy Le
Wendy Le, Podcast Producer
Wendy Le is a junior and the podcast producer of The Sidekick. Through The Sidekick, she found her passion in photography and podcasting. In her free time, she enjoys scrolling through Pinterest, capturing mundane moments on camera and spending time with her friends and family.  When feeling burnt out, Le recharges her social battery by sitting in her bed and relaxing throughout the day. Listening to Lana Del Rey, specifically her Lust for Life album, helps bring a sense of peacefulness to her day. You can contact her at [email protected].

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