Amanda Sheppard

Elementary School: Community School
College: Flagler College
Major: International Studies
What is your dream job? 
State Department Employee

“CHS is special because it is the most tolerant and accepting environment I have ever been in. This is a place that is constantly morphing and changing, always trying to be the best it can be.”

Who was your favorite teacher or administrator during your time at CHS? What subject did they teach? What made her or him special?

My favorite teacher is Ms. Dandurand. She teaches English 4H. She is special because she reminds me of my 6th grade social studies teacher, Ms. Martino, who passed away during my freshman year here at CHS. They both possessed charisma and wit on a magnitude on par with some of the greatest people in history. Over the course of the year, I noticed that Ms. Dandurand and I had a lot in common. We both love shows like Scandal, Sherlock, House of Cards, and The Newsroom. I found myself genuinely looking forward to my English class just so that we could have a five minute conversation about a show (and I have never looked forward to an English class a day in my life, until now). By the end of the year, I discovered that Ms. Dandurand was not only my teacher, but also my mentor and friend.

 

What is something about CHS that people might not know, but should?

We have a great Arts program here at CHS. It’s amazing that students have the opportunity to take a class like ceramics because there are many students in high schools across the country that miss out on experiencing such a great class.

What advice would you give to next year’s ninth grade students coming to CHS?

The advice I would give would be to try everything. Try every club and try every class, if you can. Focus on what interests you. Don’t just take an AP class because of the significance that comes with taking an AP class.

What makes CHS special? Why?

CHS is special because it is the most tolerant and accepting environment I have ever been in. This is a place that is constantly morphing and changing, always trying to be the best it can be. This place is always open to new ideas and innovations. It is constantly seeking to be better than the year before. CHS strives to learn from its mistakes and improve upon its successes. CHS doesn’t settle for mediocrity – ever.