8th Grade Social Studies

Coach Layman

What will we learn in Social Studies in 8th Grade?

8th grade social studies is American History through a North Carolina lens. This year we will study events such as those that led to the creation of the United States, how the nation grew from the East Coast to West, and what led to the emergence of the United States as a world power. We will discuss North Carolina's role in the development of our nation and explore the perspectives of North Carolinians throughout American History.

About Me

This school year will mark my 6th year teaching 8th grade social studies at Woodlawn Middle. An Alamance County native, I graduated from Williams High School in 2011 before earning my BA in History from Campbell University in 2015.

My teaching philosophy is that "it is not my job to teach social studies, it is my job to teach students how to learn through the study of social studies." Students can expect me to bring a positive attitude to class everyday while maintaining a growth mindset. I will strive each day to help each of my students not only grow academically but also as young men and women.

Why Students Call Me Coach

Every year I am asked why students should call me coach if I'm their teacher. I always jokingly respond, "I'm a life coach." While the real reason I prefer "Coach" to "Mr." is that I am an aspiring college basketball coach, there is truth to the joke.

I began my coaching career at Woodlawn as an assistant to Coach Hunt for the boys team during my first year of teaching. My second year I was offered the head coaching position for the girls team and spent the next two seasons in that position.

The season I served as an assistant to the boys the girls team finished the season with a record of 1-12. After my first year we improved our record to 7-6, and after my second season we finished with a record of 12-2 and found a way to win in overtime of the 2018 D.A.R.E. Championship game.

After that season I was offered the opportunity to join the coaching staff at The Burlington School as the top assistant where I have served for the past two seasons. This season I will continue to serve as an assistant for the varsity program, however I am excited to begin my first season as Head Coach for JV Boys program at TBS.

Throughout these beginning years of my coaching career I have learned that the game reaches far beyond the lines of the court. I have learned that true success in basketball comes from countless hours of hard work, usually when no one else is watching. I learned the importance of being passionate about improving your craft while learning to love the process. I learned that true success is motivating a group to sacrifice the me for the we to achieve a common goal. It will not take students long to learn that almost everything for me can be tied back to basketball, and my hope is that regardless of whether they are the biggest basketball fan in the world or if they have never even seen a game before, they will be able to use my stories and lessons about the game to positively impact the direction of their own lives.

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Contact Information

Email: samuel_layman@abss.k12.nc.us

Phone: 919-563-3222 (front office)

Office Hours: 8:00-8:30 am & 1:00-3:30 pm; Monday-Friday