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Bryan Herring

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Bryan Herring
Chandler High School
JH/HS Art Teacher
CHS Lady Lions Head Softball Coach
CJH Lady Lions Basketball Coach


A native of Chandler, Coach Herring is beginning his 18th year teaching; his 14th year at CPS.  After high school he attended various colleges, and graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma. 

Q  What led you to teaching? 
A  Well starving artist didn’t sound very good and I like to help people learn about art and how to be more creative. So it was just a fit.

Q  Did you have any key mentors who influenced your decision to become an educator? 
A  My 7th grade English teacher Karee Patterson. And I had some great coaching mentors as well: Mark Howard, Ed Miller, Joe Faircloth, Pat Kohen, and my ‘pops’ Gary Herring.

Q  What would you say most motivates you to teach?
A  To see my students develop into better technical artists than I am and to see their creativity grow.

Q  What are you most excited or passionate about?  
A  Teaching my athletes to be competitive not only in sports but in every aspect of life, and To never give up on their dreams.

What do you find most challenging about being a teacher?
A  Right now, Covid. Because art is hands on and it is hard to do in a virtual classroom.

Q  What's the best thing to happen since you started teaching?
A  Well truthfully, my daughter Madison was born while I was teaching, as was Korvyn and my grandkids Liam and Alivia. But career wise I would say winning three state titles. Also, seeing how much my former students progress in the arts after high school.

Q  What might students and parents be surprised to know about you? 
A  I still watch Batman/Justice League Cartoons with my kids. Superman sucks by the way. And my wife, Shawnda, turned me into a closet George Straight fan.

Q  What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt? 
A  Truthfully I think a writer. I’ve written one book already and have started on a second one while waiting on the first one’s publication.

Q  What are three things every teacher should have?
A  Patience, ability to adapt, and a credit card. You’re gonna need all three.

Bryan has been married to Shawnda for 21 years. Their kids are Justin, Desmyn, Lauren, Makalyn, Maddie, and Korvyn. They have a granddaughter named Alivia, and a new baby grandson Liam.

Herring said, “We do all kind of regular ol family stuff. Oh, and Shawnda, Lauren, Makalyn, Maddie, and Korvyn all work in the haunted house that I run every year for the Lincoln County Museum of Pioneer History. We all dress up like clowns and frighten people; except Shawnda, she is more like the circus ring leader.”

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