Focus on the Blue

Focus on the Blue
Posted on 10/01/2018
Mr. Floyd

When a young Chris Floyd graduated from the old Parry McCluer High School in 1984, he would have never imagined he would be a teacher and coach today! Due to his outstanding teaching skills devotion to Buena Vista City Public Schools, and overall attitude towards education, Chris Floyd is being recognized on our new segment “Focus on the Blue.”

Many past and current students, staff, and members of the community know of the one and only Mr. Floyd. He has spent much of the past summer going above and beyond to help the school system prepare for the new school year; he even became a certified Google instructor.

Mr. Floyd has been an educator with our school system for 12 years and has seen many students come and gone. He continues to be a powerful educator in today’s world of ever-changing education and inspires many Blues to be the best they can be. He is one of the greatest role models one can ever have and we are lucky to call him a true Blue!

We interviewed Mr. Floyd about his personal and educational lives, his answers can be seen below.


How long have you been an educator?

12 years

What is your favorite story - classroom or with student?
I remember the first year I was here, teaching freshmen. There was a young man in my class who absolutely hated English, like most students do. He hated it, mostly because he struggled with the content. By the end of the year, mostly through his hard work, he got a C in the class, and he was so happy!

What is your favorite book to read with students?
My favorite thing to read with the students is Macbeth. It has always been my favorite Shakespeare play, and we have so much fun with it.

How does their classroom make you feel?
I am going to assume you mean “the” classroom. It makes me feel exhausted much of the time. However, when stories like two above occur, it is exhilarating.

In your opinion, what is the most important issue in education today?
I think the most important issue in education today is testing. We do way too much of it, and as a result we have created a generation of young people who do not have the ability to “think.” Creativity has disappeared, and rarely to they ever want to work for anything they achieve. We have spent years spoon-feeding them information for the test, and as a result, they memorize, regurgitate, and forget.

What does it mean to be a Blue?
To be a Blue is all about pride, pride not just in the sports teams, but in the school (every aspect of it) and the town. We don’t have enough of that these days.

Did you graduate from BVCPS?
I graduated from PMHS in 1984!

What college(s) did you attend what degrees do you have?
B.A. degree in English from Longwood College (now University) in Farmville and M.A. in English from National University.

Tell us about your family?
Wife and two sons, both of whom attended BVCPS. (True Blue!)

What are the main goals for your classroom this year?
In my classroom, my goals are to stay clutter free, make the classes as interesting as possible and stay ahead of the game.

What is something new and different you want to try with your students this year?
I want to try having them create Google slides presentations as a collaborative group.

What do you want parents to know?
If your student works hard, they can achieve anything.