Since October, Barnesville Exempted Village School District has offered an after-school program for students at the middle school and high school five days per week. During the program, students receive a healthy snack, intervention in reading and math, and exercise. Frequently, the students are provided special programs offered through Barnesville Hospital or Barnesville Hutton Memorial Library. Any student in middle school or high school is invited to attend the after-school program. For more information please see Mr. Carpenter, Mr. Fisher, Mrs. Stephens, or Mrs. Gallagher at the middle school or Mrs. Samuel at the high school.
The after-school teachers want families to know their opinions about the after-school program.
Jean Gallagher teaches enrichment at Barnesville Middle School. She has been teaching for 20 years and has been an after-school teacher for six years. Her favorite part of the after-school program is getting to know students that she doesn’t have in class each day. Her biggest challenge of the program is spending enough time on homework. She feels that students need to understand what they are learning in class each day in order to be successful in school. Mrs. Gallagher wants everyone to know that the 21st Century after-school tutoring program offers a variety of experiences that complement each other’s learning style and interests. “We have fun after school and every day is different,” Gallagher said.
Steve Fisher is a math teacher at Barnesville Middle School. He has been teaching for 16 years and has been an after-school teacher for five years. His favorite part of the program is providing the extra help to students who need it. His biggest challenge is finding transportation for students who might live out of town and therefore can’t come to tutoring. He would like for families to know that the program allows teachers to help with homework, use the latest technology, and provide community programs that are prevalent in today’s society.
Jamie Carpenter teaches math at Barnesville Middle School. He has been teaching for 13 years and has been an after-school teacher for four years. His favorite part of the program is the hands-on activities. His biggest challenge is keeping the attendance strong. He would like everyone to know that the students are actively involved in learning and always engaged.
Brittany Stephens is a middle school math and reading intervention teacher. This is her first year teaching and doing after-school tutoring. Her favorite part of the program is the wide variety of students and the range of different activities offered. Her biggest challenge is not having the same group of students each day. She would like everyone to know that the program is a great opportunity for students to experience activities that they don’t normally get to experience.
Mary Samuel is a high school math teacher. She has been teaching for 17 years, and this is her first year doing after-school tutoring. Mary’s favorite part of the program is the opportunity to know and understand her students in a different setting. She would like families to know that the students are receiving quality, individualized math instruction as well as learning about India and its culture.
“The after-school program helps me teach, understand, socialize, challenge, and mentor my students,” Samuel said.