• Welcome back to Fall Branch for the new school year! My name is Mr. Counts, and I'll be the 7th Grade Homeroom teacher for the school year. I teach 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Social Studies and 7th Grade English Language Arts (ELA). We'll be covering everything from Ancient Mesopotamia to the American Revolutionary War - and create some amazing writers in the process. I believe Social Studies should be relevant to students' lives - not just memorization of names and dates. Success in Social Studies gives us the ability to understand the complex world around us, and I'm excited to see what we learn this year through writing and project-based learning. 7th Grade ELA will be no less exciting - we'll be reading a lot of books this year!

    A little about me: I was born in SW Virginia and moved to Kingsport when I was 10. We moved a lot in my K-5 years, and the impact of caring teachers during that time was a big reason why I chose to teach. I graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School in 2007 and earned my Bachelor of Arts in History from ETSU in 2012. I later returned to ETSU and completed my Master of Arts in Teaching in 2018. You may have seen me at Fall Branch last year, first as a substitute teacher and later as the interim R.T.I. teacher. I fell in love with this great school and am glad to be back!

    When I'm not teaching, I enjoy traveling to new states, hiking, shopping for antiques, working on my house, and spending time with friends and family. The picture below is from our family trip to California this year; my oldest nephew, Keenan, is about to begin his Sophomore year at Ridgeview High School in Clintwood, Virginia. I look forward to getting to know our students and their families better this school year!

    My oldest nephew, Keenan, and me in Los Angeles this summer.


    Mr. Counts' Schedule


    8:00 - 9:40: 7th Grade English Language Arts

    9:40 - 10:30: 8th Grade Social Studies (B)

    10:30 - 11:20: 8th Grade Social Studies (A)

    11:20 - Noon:  R.T.I. (ELA & Math)

    Noon - 1:20: 6th Grade Social Studies
    *Lunch - 12:10 - 12:40*

    1:20 - 2:10: 7th Grade Social Studies

    2:10 - 3:00: Planning