Shane Barry awarded Athens Drive 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year

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Shane Barry awarded Athens Drive 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year

Julia Kocsis and Claire Campbell

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The 2017 Athens Drive Teacher of the Year is science teacher, Shane Barry. A large group comprised of administrators, students, teachers, and principal, Stephen Mares, surprised Barry while he was teaching his fourth period physics class on Friday, November 3. Mares announced that Barry had won and administrators handed him balloons and a sign to congratulate him.

Barry graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Civil Engineering. Before his seven years, and counting, of teaching at ADHS, he worked as a field engineer on the Pentagon Renovation project in Arlington, Virginia. He currently teaches Honors Physics, AP Physics and STEM Capstone classes.

Barry’s favorite part of teaching high schoolers is, “the connections that you make with students,” while the biggest challenge was that, “some high school students are troublesome, and making connections in some cases can be hard.”

“A lot of times there are long hours and a lot of work, and you’re not always as appreciated as I feel in this moment,” said Barry about his experiences in teaching. Expressing his deep gratitude for everyone who supported him, Barry said, “I feel like I’ve always been a teacher.”

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  1. John Sykes on November 19th, 2017 8:22 pm

    Mr. Barry is one of the most outstanding teachers at Athens Drive. He exemplifies the STEM education effort to teach students the value of Science in their education journey. I can’t think of a better teacher to provide a better scientific education for those who have the opportunity to attend Athens Drive. He is much deserving of this award !!!!

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