Hello, there. Allow me to introduce myself.
My name is Jennifer Barnett. I teach English at TCCHS and serve as the school's Digital Learning Specialist.
I'm a Tallladega County native. I finished high school at Childersburg in 1984. I graduated from Auburn University in 1988 where I double majored in Speech Communication and Political Science. After college I spent a year traveling the world with a group called Up With People before completing my Master's degree in Secondary Education from the University of Montevallo. I am certified to teach Language Arts and Social Studies, grades 7 through 12. I've been a classroom teacher for over 22 years. What courses have I taught? English (9-12), AP Language and Composition, AP U.S. History, World History, U.S. History 10th and 11th, Government, Economics, Civics, Geography, Alabama History, Speech, Media Production, Drama, Psychology, Sociology, ACT Prep, and Humanities electives. In what schools have I served students? It's a long list, too. Shelby County High School, Chelsea High School, Childersburg Middle School, Fayetteville High School, Winterboro High School, Childersburg High School. At Winterboro and Childersburg I had the opportunity to serve as a Digital Learning Specialist, supporting teachers to integrate technology into classroom instruction. At TCCHS, I'm very excited that I am able to do the TWO things I truly love: teach students and support teachers. I teach five classes of English and spend the rest of my day working to support the needs of the TCCHS staff.
Before coming to TCCHS I spent nearly eight years as the Personalized Learning Director for the Center for Teaching Quality, an educational non-profit organization very dear to my teaching soul. In 2010 I was one of the co-authors of the book, Teaching 2030: What We Must Do for Our Students and Our Public Schools – Now and in the Future. Here's a blog post where I reflected on much of the work I was responsible for while at CTQ.
I've been married to Al Barnett since 1993. Al and I have two sons: Jackson, who is in his final year of law school at Boston University School of Law and will be working for a firm in New York City called Shearman & Sterling upon graduation, and John David, who is a sophomore at Auburn University studying Public Relations and a very active leader in Auburn's Student Government Association. In my free time I enjoy writing, reading, making jewelry, and hanging out with my family and my college friends. Al and I live in Childersburg and enjoy spending time on the lake, planning trips with our boys, and playing with our dog, Gracie.