Mr. McBryde Joins New Subject Area

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Mr. McBryde Joins New Subject Area

Kimberlee Lopez, Reporter

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From teaching World History at El Dorado to 7th and 8th grade Social Studies at Caddo Hills and Two Rivers, Mr. Ben McBryde has now taken on the title of Special Education (SPED) teacher here. The inspiration for the change first hit his freshman year at the University of Arkansas where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies Education with a minor in African American studies.

“A friend of mine took care of one of his friends and seeing that made me have an interest in SPED,” Mr. McBryde said.

The biggest challenges Mr. McBryde faces with the change include learning the expectations for SPED paperwork (i.e. legal documentation) and having to go back to school for his special education certification. In addition to his Bachelor’s degree, he also has a Master’s in Education from Southern Arkansas University and has coached boys’ basketball for four years.

“Outside of school, I enjoy anything related to sports — football, basketball, and baseball, working out — CrossFit, and being around friends and family,” Mr. McBryde said. “I also help coach boys’ basketball here.”

What Mr. McBryde likes best about Kimmons is the administration and faculty.

“It’s one of the best I’ve been a part of,” Mr. McBryde said.

A surprising fact about Mr. McBryde is that his first job was being a carhop at Sonic his senior year of high school.

“I was the one who used roller blades or skates to deliver food!” Mr. McBryde said.