MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Joshua Chambers never thought he would become a public schoolteacher, let alone join the ranks of the more then 1,200 professional staff of the school district that he navigated through several years ago as a student.
Tuesday was the 26-year-old newly hired Berkeley County educator's first day teaching life and study skills to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at North Middle School.
"It was probably one of the first times in my life I wasn't nervous," said Chambers, who attended South Middle School as a youngster before his parents moved to southern Berkeley County.
"North has changed a lot since I went to school," Chambers said.
Chambers admits middle school was not his first choice for teaching opportunities, and remembered that his own experience "definitely wasn't my favorite part of my life."