Staff Shoutout: Ms. Wheeler & Mrs. Vanderbogart

Ms. Wheeler is my 3rd period teacher and co-teaches with Mrs. Vanderbogart, “Mrs. V,” who is specialized in helping ESOL students. Eager to help every student they meet, these teachers are known for their outgoing qualities. It is clear that they both want the best for their students, and are amazing at what htey do.

I interviewed the teachers to help Cherokee get to know a little more about them.

More about Ms. Wheeler


What all do you teach?

“Geometry and Geometry Support”

What brought you to Cherokee?

“I wanted to work at Cherokee because of the diverse population. I felt like I could make a bigger difference here than at other schools. “

Where (if any) have you taught (or coached) before?

“I have only taught at Cherokee. I coach the competition cheer team here. “

Where did you attend college? Do you have any favorite memories.

I attended Kennesaw State University and am currently getting my Masters at Georgia Southern University. I was in Kappa Delta while in college.”


What advice would you give athletes? Students?

In high school I was also an athlete so I understand the stress of having practices along with school work. The best advice I can give is to not procrastinate”

Why did you go into teaching?

“Both of my parents are teachers. Growing up I watched the positive impacts that they made on their students’ lives. I wanted the opportunity to also make a positive impact with my students.”

What is one thing you wish you knew coming into teaching?

Since both of my parents are teachers I did not have any surprises when I started teaching.


Favorite Food/ Random fact about you

My favorite food is mac n cheese. A random fact is that I am a huge Marvel fan.

More about Mrs. Vanderbogart

What all do you teach?

I teach Algebra 1 and Geometry as an ESOL Push In teacher.

What brought you to Cherokee?

“I worked at Mountain Road Elementary School for six years as a Special Education Teacher and I was asked to come to the high school to be part of their special education program at CHS. I was a special education teacher at CHS for 9 years and now I teach ESOL.”

Where (if any) have you taught (or coached) before?

I was at Sixes Elementary School and Mountain Road Elementary before coming to CHS.

Where did you attend college? Do you have any favorite memories.

I attended college at Reinhardt College for my Bachelor’s Degree, Kennesaw State University for my Master’s degree and West Georgia for my Specialist.

What advice would you give athletes? Students?

Work hard, do your best, but have fun!


Why did you go into teaching?

I first started subbing in special education and fell in love with it and then went back to school.

What is one thing you wish you knew coming into teaching?

How sometimes tiring it would be but at the same time how rewarding it can be.


Favorite Food/ Random fact about you (both would be fun)

My favorite food is chocolate. [Random Fact]: I have a 32 and 30 year old sons and had them both by the age of 24. I have been married to their dad for 34 years.

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