Tracy Upchurch has a passion for teaching students. It is his favorite thing about Flagler. “We teach at a small college because we love to teach and teaching is ultimately about students,” said Upchurch. “Our students are great people. As a group they work hard, they are fun and funny, they are kind, and well motivated.”
Upchurch didn’t have to stray too far from home since he was born and raised in St. Augustine. The city holds many memories for Upchurch. He remembers learning to swim in the college’s swimming pool when it was still the Ponce de Leon Hotel. He even works with childhood friends, which he said is a “unique and wonderful experience.”
Upchurch has served in the Florida House of Representatives and was even St. Augustine’s mayor. He currently teaches law, government, and history.
For any incoming student, he says it’s important to start strong. “Getting off to a good start to your academic career during the first semester is crucial,” said Upchurch. “I see a lot of students who spend their final three years of college trying to make up for mistakes made their first year.”
Upchurch received his undergraduate degree in history from Davidson College. He later earned his law degree from the University of Florida, and just completed his Master’s degree in American History from the same university.