Our teacher spot light of the week is Jonas Barnett. He is married to Angela (the school nurse), they have a son named Noah. He graduated from Curry High in 1993. He graduated from Bevill State in 1996. He received a bachelor’s degree from UAB in 2005 and master’s degree from West Alabama in 2013. Get to know Coach Barnett through the following questions:
What class or classes do you teach?
How long have you taught at Walker?
What made you decide to be a teacher?
-There was always a desire, but after 12 years in business I decided to do what made me the happiest!
What makes your job rewarding?
-Seeing students succeed in the classroom and in their lives.
How is learning personalized in your classroom?
-I try to teach to every kid, because every kid is unique and learns in a different way. I try and reach the unique gifts, skills, passions, and attributes of every child.
What is your best moment as a teacher?
-I had two students quit school over a disagreement with a coach, but they kept in touch with me. They have missed the last five weeks of their junior year, but changed their minds about school. So I called the state department and helped them both catch up in summer school. Both boys got back in school and graduated. Both now have families of their own.
What is your most embarrassing moment as a teacher?
-My first year, I was teaching psychology and was talking to the students about cause and effect. I had a stress ball in my hand and I was planning to hit one of my football players with it, to get a reaction, but when I threw it the ball curved and hit a girl in the head.
By: Meleah Handley