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Abby Chandler returns to Needles to teach

August 19, 2018 GMT

NEEDLES — Abby Chandler is a new teacher at the Needles Middle School but is not new to the area.

“I came into teaching because I liked being a part of learning and when I was in school I loved learning myself,” said Chandler. “I want to be that positive role model for the students who don’t like learning that much or need a little extra motivation.”

“I always had in the back of my mind that I wanted to be a teacher but I actually went into college as an exercise science major,” continued Chandler. “I realized that I wanted to work in a family and learning environment so I talked to an education advisor. My advisor helped me sign up for an education class and I immediately knew that this is what I wanted to do.”

Chandler is going to be teaching sixth grade English and will teach one general science class as well.

“English is my favorite subject and now that I look back, I realize that all of my favorite teachers were English teachers,” said Chandler. “I have a passion for it and I hope that transfers over and the students see how excited I get about reading and writing.”

Chandler is a Needles Unified School District Alumni who went off to college, acquired teaching experience, and now is back where it all started.

“What I liked most about Needles is that no matter where you were or what class you were going to, you knew someone and someone who cared about you,” said Chandler. “I’d like to see that continue and I would like to contribute to that friendly atmosphere that we have at the school but also in the community.”

“I also want to further promote the pride that we have throughout the school district,” continued Chandler. “I know when I was in school I was so proud of where I came from.”

This year Chandler is to coach the Lady ’Stangs Junior Varsity Basketball team and help out with the softball team.

“I get the awesome opportunity to coach alongside my sister (Alex Chandler, Lady ’Stangs varsity softball head coach) and my dad (Sandy Chandler) for softball,” said Chandler. “That’ll be fun with all of us together again because the last time all three of us were in the softball program I was still in high school.”

“I just want to say that I’m really excited to be back home and thankful that I was given this opportunity to do it and hope that everyone is as excited as I am,” said Chandler.