Leaving the Fair Grove Family: Shawnda Minor


Mrs. Minor discusses a problem with her students.

Dory Baker

At the end of this school year Shawnda Minor, Fair Grove middle school’s 8th grade math and algebra one teacher, will be leaving Fair Grove to teach at Willard. Mrs. Minor has been teaching at Fair Grove since 2003. Throughout her years teaching she has taught 6th grade reading, 6th and 7th grade math and has been involved with the character plus program, the middle school math team, and Character Council. She currently teaches 8th grade math and algebra one, and is the instructional coach for the middle school.

In her 15 years teaching at Fair Grove she has affected countless students. Current Character Council President and algebra one student, Cooper Zumwalt, said, “She has taught me so much throughout my period of knowing her that I will use throughout my student career and adult life, and I’m so thankful to have met her.”

“My choice to accept the offer to move to Willard was very difficult! I love Fair Grove, and I love teaching! However the full-time Instructional Coach position at Willard will allow me to continue my own personal/professional growth,” expressed Mrs. Minor.

The instructional coach position will be supporting the principal and teachers at Willard by providing tools and resources needed to meet school goals and improve instruction.

Samantha Orr, who has taught at Fair Grove for the past two years, will be taking Mrs. Minor’s place as the 8th grade math and algebra one teacher. She is only moving up one year in math so she will have had some students for three years in a row. She explained, “I am looking forward to seeing my students grow in their understanding of mathematics and to continue to build relationships with them.”