Union High School Freshman Academy – Will Buffington, History
History teacher Will Buffington has been named the 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year for the Union High School Freshman Academy.
“Having spent part of my childhood in a poverty-stricken nation, I’ve seen the results of communities where education has less value and potential is wasted daily,” Buffington said. “I became a teacher to do everything in my power to give people ownership of their education so they can reach their potential and help the world around them.”
Buffington said, “With so many variables outside of our control as teachers, we still must do our best to provide opportunities for students to grow and take responsibility for their education. Students usually have time to slowly decide when to take ownership of their education and push themselves to reach their potential, but the inconsistencies of this year have brought that decision to every single student at the same time. Students no longer have the choice to simply pass, and instead have to truly care in order to learn in the variety of environments this year presents to them.
“Now, more than ever, I have to make every moment matter. It isn’t fair for these students to have more asked of them than past students, but some of the greatest accomplishments in human history can be traced back to people being asked to do more than was common. To make a difference requires ‘difference,’ and I hope that the ‘difference’ that this year presents will suffice.”
Buffington has been teaching at Union since 2017.
He graduated from Worth County R-III High School in Grant City, Missouri.
“I then graduated as a member of the Honors Program from Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Social Science Education degree. I am now certified to teach U.S. History, Oklahoma History, Government, Economics, World History, Geography, Psychology, and Sociology,” Buffington said.