Wayne MacDonald will feel right at home as the new PE & Health teacher at the STEM Academy and SHS – he’s a alumnus of SHS, class of 2001 ! He is a graduate of Bridgewater State College and has taught Physical Education at Mashpee High School. Mr. MacDonald has thirteen years of experience as a football and lacrosse coach at Bourne High School, Mashpee High School, and Bridgewater State University. Mr. MacDonald’s wife, Kristin, teaches fifth grade at the Wing School.
We asked Mr. MacDonald a few questions, to help the entire School Community to get to know him.
What excites you about teaching at the STEM Academy and Sandwich High School?
I am excited to return to Sandwich High School. As a 2001 graduate, I look forward to working alongside many of the wonderful teachers who guided me through my high school career.
What is your favorite recent teaching memory?
I was extremely fortunate to work in a PE department that was the recipient of a federal grant which provided many opportunities to both me and my students. I enjoy making connections and an impact on students who are typically more reluctant to be enthusiastic about physical education class. My archery unit proved to spark genuine interest in lifelong physical activity among many of my students. There were many references to Catness Everdeen, and many pictures of smiling faces next to arrows in the bullseye!
What is your favorite memory as a student?
I enjoyed the variety of the classes offered at SHS during my high school experience. I had a wonderful senior year taking art classes with Mrs. Simpson, PE with Mr. Pearsall, film study with Mr. Schermerhorn, and wood working with Mr. Fawcett. With the creation of them STEM Academy and an increased focus on the technology department, I am excited for the spectrum of classes the students will continue to experience.
What might we be surprised to know about you?
It may be a surprise to some that I served in the United States Marine Corps for eight years. I was in the USMC Reserves for six years and spent two years on active duty with a deployment to Fallujah, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004.