Building Better Minds


Chesterfield teacher hits the right notes

Posted at 7:17 AM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 07:17:21-05

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- Call him the Six-String Social Studies Teacher. John Randall knew he needed something more than textbooks and grease boards to reach his Swift Creek Middle School students.

"It kind of helps the atmosphere of the classroom. Kind of bonds us together," Randall said. "Somehow music can reach every kid."

Randall grew up in a musical family and the songwriting just came naturally.

Still, it amazes the school’s assistant principal Shannon Bramble.

"I'm really fascinated that Mr. Randall is able to incorporate the music into his classroom. Not just once, but he does it weekly," she said.

It's more than the music. Students like Arizona Egeli said it's helping their grades.

"He had a song and one of the questions... there was an answer in the song to one of the questions on the test," she said.

"It just invigorates me," Randall said. “It gets me excited about being a teacher. It's what keeps me coming back every day."

The lessons are hitting the right notes... and that's Building Better Minds.