Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week ... please help us celebrate 2021 Freedom Middle School Teacher of the Year Dr. Chad Barner!
Freedom Middle School Teacher of the Year Dr. Chad Barner has conducted his own science experiment for the past 28 years.
The veteran science teacher has tested, and tested again and again, best practices for instruction. He has proven true his hypothesis: students benefit most from a teacher who continues his or her own learning to continuously improve their lessons and skills.
Dr. Barner, who continued his professional development to earn both master’s and doctorate degrees in education from Georgia State University, sees the positive impact of this research in his students’ work and attitudes every day. By making the effort to determine how different students learn best and by mastering those different teaching methods, Dr. Barner has not only taught science exceptionally well, he’s also inspired students to become scientists and to become teachers just like him.
“While it’s unlikely that stalagmite and stalactite lessons are what began an itch for my science love, it was undoubtedly the passion with which Dr. Barner taught,” shared a former student, who is now a teacher. “I will be forever grateful for the role he played in my life. He taught me so much more than he was required to do.”
Dr. Barner sees his role as extending beyond the classroom, frequently mentoring students and colleagues and volunteering in the community and through mission work. He hopes, upon retiring from CCSD, to continue serving students and public education by instructing future science teachers at the university level.
In his own words: “While giving a voice to individuals and treating them with respect does not solve every educational and societal issue, it does create a personal connection with kids that have the potential within themselves to one day change society.”
Special thanks to our 2021 Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration's Presenting Sponsors: Cherokee County Educational Foundation, Credit Union of Georgia, Northside Hospital Cherokee and Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Canton.