Educator of the Week: Jamie Barnes

BRISTOL, TN (WJHL) – Jamie Barnes is both an eighth-grade reading and language arts teacher and the cheerleading coach at Vance Middle School.

She says she loves the ninth- grade age group because every day is a surprise and you never know what you are going to get.

She tells me change is a constant in education and technology is allowing her to do things she never dreamed she could do as a teacher.

On this day, every student in the class is connected through computers as they watch a debate unfold in the middle of the classroom.

Through time, another thing has stayed the same and that is her dedication to her students.

“Always try to find the good. When I was first starting out as a first-year teacher I had a mentor teacher who told me always try to find the good. Find something good every day. Try to find something good about every child because that’s what really keeps you going at the end of the day,” said Barnes.

Congratulations to Jamie Barnes: This week’s Educator of the Week.

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