Will Waghorne, the TCSS High School Teacher of the Year recipient for 2018, teaches middle school U.S. History at Canyon Vista Middle School in Austin, Texas. This group of motivated students, collaborative colleagues, and supportive administrators contribute to a fantastic pubic school that supports social sciences and innovation in all respects. Will has the pleasure of heading up the Social Studies department, as well as Junior Historians, Geography Club, Makerspace, and more! His honors also include the Texas State Historical Association David C. DeBoe Award as leader of the Canyon Vista Middle School’s Junior Historian chapter.
Originally from a tiny Texas town on the Gulf Coast called Seadrift, Texas, Will Waghorne has made Austin home for 20 years, including 11 in Round Rock Independent School District. After graduating from St. Joseph HS in Victoria, TX, Will moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas, graduating with a B.A in American Studies, and later from Texas State University with a M.Ed. in Secondary Education. Round Rock ISD has supported an environment that included participation in numerous district and statewide conferences; multiple grant opportunities, and social studies curriculum cadres. As a lifelong learner, Will’s interests include educational technology, personalization of student learning and transformational leadership. He also volunteers for Gateway Church leading a high-energy production for elementary students.