Jenna Smith is the Supply Teacher in Dance and Drama, currently filling in for Mrs. Tindall. She grew up in the Cobb County School District and attended Harrison High School, where she met her husband whom she just married this past summer. Dancing since a very young age, she attended Indiana University where she was a part of the school's prestigious ballet program. Upon graduating, Mrs. Smith danced professionally with the Charleston Ballet Theatre and has taught at several private dance studios. Most recently, she taught dance in the four different high schools within the Floyd County School System before coming to Barber this year. She is excited for the opportunity to share and learn with her students!
Mr. Ruiz is your new AVID teacher at Barber Middle School and is happy to return to Cobb County to teach after a year in another Georgia school district. He was born in San Antonio, Texas and moved to Georgia when he was 8 years old. A graduate of Harrison High School and Valdosta State Univeristy, Mr. Ruiz has learned that "Education is the path to the promise of America" and his desire is to share the joy of learning with each of his students and any young person that he may meet at Barber Middle School.
In his spare time Mr. Ruiz enjoys hiking, running, exercising the 2nd amendment, playing golf, tennis, NASCAR, working in his yard, and playing with his 2 dogs. He grew up playing baseball so Mr. Ruiz is naturally a Braves fan even when they're not winning their division. His iPod has all types of music that includes: Classical, country, classic rock, hard-core punk rock.
Just as he would like for his students to set goals for themselves; Mr. Ruiz has set a goal for himself this year... He will run his first half marathon (13.1 miles) in Nashville, Tennessee in the Spring of 2009. Be sure to ask him how his training is going!
Mr. Ruiz is happy to be back at Barber Middle School amongst a wonderful faculty/staff and an outstanding community in Acworth. 2008-2009 is going to be a GREAT school year!
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Mrs. Campbell is an Area Lead Teacher housed at Barber Middle School. She is one of fourteen ALTs who serve schools in Area 5. Mrs. Campbell is beginning her first year at Barber Middle school and her seventeenth year in education in Cobb County. She taught English for eight years at Lassiter High School and eight years at Kennesaw Mountain High School. She has a B.S. in English Education from The University of Georgia (GO DAWGS!) and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership with Technology Concentration from Kennesaw University. Mrs. Campbell has been married for sixteen years and has two sons who are eleven and seven. Mrs. Campbell enjoys spending time with her family, watching SEC football, reading, and playing tennis.
Summer Huggins earned both her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Arkansas State University. She is new to Georgia and plans to make it her home. She is a seventh grade Co-Teacher. Throughout the years, Summer has worked in the social work and education fields specializing in diverse learning instruction and behavior management. When Summer is not working with students, she enjoys traveling, shopping, and spending time with her family.
Mr. Kline graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He also has a Masters of Science Degree from Kutztown University. He has two years teaching experience at the college level for Penn State University Abington Campus. Then in 2002, Mr. Kline moved to Georgia and has been co-teaching in the math content area for the past 6 years at the high school level. He is looking forward to bringing his knowledge to Barber Middle School and helping young minds understand math.Visit Mr. Kline's Blog Email Mr. Kline
Welcome to the 2009-2010 School Year. This is the homepage for Barber Middle School's Teacher Weblogs. Use the catagories on the left to narrow your search or scroll down to your student's teacher. Click on the link to either visit thier blog or email a message to them. Please come back often to see updates to information.
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Mr. Scott Abel is the 7A Math teacher at Barber Middle School. He taught mathematics for nine years in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades in Cobb County Middle Schools: including Mathematics Applications and Connections, Pre-Algebra, and Algebra. Mr. Abel has a Masters Degree in Adolescent Mathematics Education from Kennesaw State University; he is excited to be teaching in the 7th grade
I graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in journalism, and later, I earned my master's degree in Education from Georgia State. I have worked as a teacher for the Cobb County School district for the past nine years, teaching Technology Education and Business Education. Previously, I worked in magazines and newspapers as a reporter, then later as an editor.
Mr. Cesa is our In School Suspension teacher.
Mr. Cummins is a health/physical education teacher at Barber Middle School. He holds two degrees in health/physical education from Indiana State University. He taught one year at ISU and the remaining thirty-three years in Cobb County. He helped develop the first drug education and human growth and development curriculum in the school system. Mr Cummins has three children. His oldest child graduated from the University of Georgia and is currently employed by Boys and Girls Club at their national headquarters as the director of federal grants. His second child graduated from Kennesaw State University and is a home consultant and mortgage broker. His third child attends and plays soccer for Georgia State University. His wife is also an educator in Cobb County.
Hello! My name is Yevone Dean, and I am the language arts teacher for Team 8B. My degree is in Middle Grades Education with concentrations in language arts and social studies. I’m looking forward to working with 8th graders this year and helping them develop a successful process for getting their thoughts communicated into writing. My language arts classes will concentrate mainly on the writing aspects of the Georgia Performance Standards, while reading performance standards will be met in the students’ reading class. Through on-going collaboration, the reading and language arts teachers will ensure that all students receive effective and engaging instruction that prepares them for their high school English classes.
A little about myself—I moved to Georgia from England in 2003. In addition to England, I have lived in the countries of Germany and Iceland as well as nine different states. My hobbies include reading and traveling. I’m thrilled to be a part of the Barber MS faculty, and I look forward to an exciting and successful school year.
Ms. Julie Decker is one of the band directors and the guitar teacher at Barber. She grew up in the Cobb County School District. Ms. Decker attended Louisiana State University where she received her Bachelor of Music Education. During her time in Louisiana, she taught at Lake Middle School in St. Amant. She is one of the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade band directors and looks forward to a fantastic year at Barber Middle School.
Dr. Gentry is an Administrator at Barber. She is beginning her 14th year in education. She began her career at a summer church camp in Newark New Jersey. From that point on Dr. Gentry knew that she wanted to spend her career in Education. She taught Students With Disabilities for six years, specializing in reading. She enjoyed being able to open a child's world through books. She then transitioned into various leadership roles.
Dr. Gentry obtained her BS degree in Interrelated Special Education in 1992 from NC A&T State University, she obtained her MaEd. degree in Early Childhood Special Education in 1994 from Appalachian State University, she then obtained her Ed.S in Educational Leadership in 2005 from Argosy University in Sarasota Fl.
Dr.. Gentry enjoys spending time with family and friends and the serenity of the NC mountains.
Mrs. Grogan began working with Cobb County School District in the fall of 1999. She worked in Food Service at Chalker Elementary School until fall 2005 when she transferred to Barber in the opening year to work in our cafeteria. She became the school secretary in October 2006. She resides in Acworth with her husband of 25 years and two children. Not to forget the furry members of the family, Chloe, the family Golden Retriever and Trixie, their 3-legged cat. In her extra time, she enjoys reading, baking, drawing and painting.
Ms. Jeter is one of our outstanding Paraprofessionals working in the Media Center.
Katie Derman is one of the two band directors at Barber Middle School. Mrs. Derman has been in education for five years; she taught for three years at Shiloh Middle School in Gwinnett County, and is in her second year at Barber. Mrs. Derman recieved her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, where she had the honor of being the drum major of the UGA Redcoat Marching Band. A product of the Cobb County School system, Mrs. Derman attended Lewis Elementary, Lost Mountain Middle School, and Harrison High School. She recently finished a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and hopes to become a leader in the school system.