"The anticipation of having to go over there and not knowing what to expect," Schepers said. "It's tough to leave something that you're used to and the routine of having a full-time job and switch and go do something else.
"The only thing I can do is make sure I have everything taken care of here."
The only other teaching job he held was for a couple of months as an assistant instructor at Lansdowne High School after he graduated from Towson University in January 2006, he said.
Since joining the Arbutus Middle staff, he has made an impression on his fellow faculty members, the school and especially the students, said the school's principal, Michelle Feeney.
"Mostly (the students) are proud of him," Feeney said. "They voice their concerns. They're going to miss him."
That feeling extends beyond those students in the building on Shelbourne Road now.
Feeney said she has heard from Arbutus Middle graduates who have also asked her to send along their well wishes to Schepers.
"Our hearts are going to be with him while he's gone," she said.
To Feeney, Schepers has set a great example for the students.
"He's following through with that responsibility, and that really is a model for the student," Feeney said. "We know he has this responsibility to fulfill, but we want him to be safe and come home soon."