Jennifer Barnett

As an advocate for educators, I find it very rewarding to be involved in a variety of organizations working to improve our profession. I am very passionate about what I do and enjoy opportunities to make schools better.

Jennifer_L._Barnett.JPGChiquita Marbury Technology Innovation Teacher Award Winner 2008
Learn more about this Alabama Technology Teacher of the Year Award.
Chiquita Marbury Award
Award Ceremony Picture

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external image logo.jpgI have been affiliated with the Alabama Best Practices Center for a few years now, but began working for them during the summer of 2008 as an instructional specialist. I help plan a variety of initiatives for training teachers throughout Alabama. The ABPC places a strong emphasis on engaging instruction such as the initiatives using 21st Century technology and web 2.0.

Public Presence

My Professional Blog - Jennifer Barnett's Blog: Reflect to Redirect
Featured Post on the Alabama Association of School Boards website, "A Jolt into 21st Century Learning."
Working Toward Excellence - Quarterly Newsletter of the Alabama Best Practices Center
Favorable Review - These wiki reviews appear on wikitechie. Apparently education majors searched the wiki world for outstanding examples of wikis in education. Our wiki was featured by three different students.
Top Three Wikis - Our wiki is a #2 favorite at Perk's Web 2.0 Adventure
Teacher Communal - A featured wiki. Check under Social Studies.
Featured Wiki - #23 on a world-wide list of educational wikis by this author
Example Wiki - Listed on Educational Wikis sample page
Interview - Comments appear in A+ Education foundation's archive.
Teacher Magazine - TLN discussion strand I started, "The Power of the Imaginative Mind"
Blog Reference - Recommended by other bloggers and leaders in education.

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Professional Vitae

Jennifer Limbaugh Barnett

1991 Master of Education, University of Montevallo
Certification: Social Science; Language Arts
1988 Bachelor of Arts, Auburn University
Majors: Political Science; Speech Communication

Instructional Experience

2005 – Present Fayetteville High School, Teacher
U.S. History 11, English 11, Drama/Advanced Studies, Journalism
2004 – 2005 Childersburg Middle School, Teacher
Citizenship, World Geography
1992 – 2004 Chelsea High School, Teacher
Advanced Placement U.S. History, World, Alabama History, Government, Economics, Speech, Drama, Media Production, English
1997 – 2000 University of Montevallo, Adjunct Clinical Instructor
ED 301 – Introduction to Teaching
1998 – 1999 University of Montevallo, Student Teaching Supervisor
1992 Shelby County High School, Teacher
U.S. History, Alabama History, Psychology
1991 Sylacauga High School, Summer School Teacher
World History

Professional Awards and Recognition

Chiquita Marbury Technology Innovation Award 2008 - Teacher (High School)
Alabama's award recognizing technology innvovation by a classroom teacher
Microsoft Innovative Teachers Forum (Redmond, Washington)
2007 – Leader of the team selected as one of twenty-two teams nationwide to attend forum
Teacher Leader Network
Selected for membership; Begin participation in November 2007
Delta Kappa Gamma, Member
Talladega County Mentor Teacher, Fayetteville High School, 2005-2006, 2006-2007
Teacher of the Year
Childersburg Middle 2004-05, Chelsea High 2000-01, Shelby County (High School) 2000-01, Alabama District III Teacher of the Year (Secondary) 2000-01
Golden Apple Awards
Valedictorian Award to Most Influential Teacher, Fayetteville High, 2007-2008; 2005-2006; Chelsea High, 2002-2003 & 2003-2004; Honors Club Award to Most Inspiring Teacher, Childersburg Middle, 2004-05
Yearbook Dedication
2006-2007 – Fayetteville High; 2001-2002 Chelsea High


National Staff Development Council, July 2008
Presenter at NSDC conference
Alabama Educational Technology Conference, June 2008
Presenter at AETC conference
21st Century Learners Initative Leader, Talladega County Schools, 2008- present
Leading a system-wide 21st Century technology training initiative
Alabama Best Practices Center, 2007-present
Consultant and Trainer in 21st Century Learners initiative
21st Century Technology Team Leader, Fayetteville High School, 2006-present
“Reflect to Redirect” – Professional Blog,
Co-creator of Fayetteville High School’s P.A.C.E. program
Progress and Commitment to Education weekly remedial tutoring program
Chelsea High School History Department Chairperson, 1997-2004

Social Science Vertical Team Chairperson, Chelsea schools, 1999-2004
Advanced Placement Teacher, U.S. History, Chelsea High School, 1998-2004
SACS School Improvement Process Team Chairperson, Chelsea High School, 2001-2002

Curriculum Development

Created Class Wiki at Fayetteville High School; Web 2.0 Wiki
// This is a collaborative space where students edit material, extend class discussions, and locate information pertaining to my courses; Web Wonders is a help site for teachers interested in using web 2.0 tools in the classroom.
Technology Workshop Presenter
Shelby County's Tech Fest 2008, Presented "Engaging Today's 21st Century Student Using Web 2.0"
November, 2006 – Taught, demonstrated and currently supporting the FHS faculty in mastering the use of blogs, wikis, and other emerging technological tools useful in the classroom

Decade Luncheon at Fayetteville High School
August, 2006 – Facilitated students interactive museum project of the decades of the 20th Century
History Fair program at Fayetteville High School
April, 2006 – “World Showcase”
Initiated English Department’s Summer Reading Program at Fayetteville High School, 2006
Geography Bee at Childersburg Middle School
Created, organized, and produced a school-wide Geography Bee 5th – 8th grades in spring 2005
Summer Olympic Closing Ceremony at Childersburg Middle School
Developed a Geography program coinciding with the 2004 Summer Olympics using components of the geography curriculum as foundation of the 3-week unit and performance
History Fair program at Chelsea High School
April, 2003 “Profiles in Courage,” April, 2002 “Revolution, Reaction, Reform,” April, 2001 “The American Military Experience,” March, 2000 “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events”
Honors U.S. History – 10th grade Course Curriculum, Shelby County School
Co-writer of countywide curriculum for Honors United States history course; Developed lesson plans and supplemental resources for the guide
Shelby County In-service workshop presenter
Created workshop entitled, “Building Your Classroom: Organizational and Instructional Strategies” and presented at system-wide in-service.
Birmingham International Festival
Member of the curriculum development committee for the festival on Canada in 2004
American Village Scholar
Chosen to participate in American Village curriculum workshop and inaugural tour of the village

Professional Associations

American Historical Association
Organization of History Teachers
Alabama Association of Historians
National History Education Network
Alabama Education Association
National Education Association

Current and Past School-Related Activities

FHS SGA Advisor, Newspaper Advisor, Webmaster, Awards and Recognition Committee, 21st Century Technology Team, Literacy Team, Title I Committee
CMS Beta Club Advisor, BBSST committee, Geography Bee coordinator
CHS Student Council Advisor, History Mentor Sponsor, PTO Board Faculty Representative, At-Risk, School Improvement, Activities, and Graduation Committees, Created student handbook / date book calendar for all students and faculty

Community Activities

Creator of the Field of Dreams Festival and Playground Project, Childersburg
Spearheaded a project to build a playground; Met with citizens, business and political leaders, ministers, and local school principals and teachers to urge participation in a project to revitalize community through a festival while improving parks and playgrounds
Field of Dreams Festival – 1998 and 1999
Organized, promoted, and executed two Field of Dreams Festivals involving over 150 volunteers in raising $15,000 toward building a new, safe playground in Childersburg