Tim Bartie, George Washington Carver Academy
Subject: Middle School Math
Years Teaching: 6 years
Hobbies/Interests: Bowling, hunting, fishing, softball, golf, running, line dancing and coaching.
Family Members: Parents Chuck Bartie Jr. and Pat Bartie and grandparents Orville Niemeyer and Jeanie Bartie.
The Thing You Like Most About Teaching: Every day is a new day! It marks the beginning of a new fresh start. The opportunity to allow students to see how great they are!
The Thing You Find Most challenging About Teaching: Extending the learning for those who pick up on concepts faster than others. I usually allow them to be my student teachers. They travel the room and help out other small groups.
Best Tip for New Teachers: Develop a positive relationship with your students. Let them know that it is alright to make mistakes… this is the only way we can learn. Take risks and never look back. Be consistent with your students. The first time you let something slide the students will pick up on it and use it against you. Everyone says that kids are stupid… better think that one over again!
Best Tip for Career Teachers: Always want to better yourself as a lifelong learner. Try to push yourself each year to new limits. Love what you do because if you don’t the students will see right through you! Never be afraid to ask others for help. We all have our limits and sometimes others can make our issues easier.
What Being a Gold Star Teacher Means to You: Means that my students are benefiting from having me as their teacher. That I’m providing them with the necessary tools to be the leaders of the next generation. Knowing that I’m pushing them to new limits that they never thought they could do while we all have fun. Let’s face it teaching should be fun… why not have fun while you’re teaching… I know I love it much more when my students and I are laughing while we learn.