Shane Buchheit, a spring 2020 graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in theatre arts education, was named one of the finalists for the Appalachian State University Student Teacher of the Year for the 2019-2020 academic year in the Reich College of Education (RCOE). Buchheit is originally from Cape Coral, Florida, and has lived in Boone, North Carolina, for the past eight years. Buchheit did his student teaching with Brian Seagroves at Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte.
Attending Appalachian meant he was able to stay close to his family while “rigorously exploring my passion for theatre and pedagogy.”
“After meeting with Appalachian faculty members Keith Martin and Derek Gagnier at the North Carolina Theatre Conference College Discovery Day, I knew that Appalachian would be an excellent place to continue exploring all of the immense possibilities, wisdom, and skill sets that theatre has to offer,” he said.
When asked what being nominated as a finalist for the student teaching award, Buchheit quoted Sierra Boggess: “You are enough. You are so enough. It is unbelievable how enough you are.”
“This recognition is the culmination of the immense belief that all of my educators, mentors, friends, and family have put into me as I've poured my heart into theatre and education the past eleven years of my life,” he said. “My gratitude is boundless.”
Buchheit has great goals after graduation, including moving to Washington, D.C., and exploring multiple avenues. “Over the next ten years, I would like to work professionally as an actor, obtain my masters in theatre education, establish my own theatre company, and secure a high school theatre teaching position.”