Barnes receives Teacher of Excellence Award

Barnes receives Teacher of Excellence Award


Bruce Barnes BS '66, MS '67 has been teaching technology education at Hubert Olson Jr. High School in Bloomington since it opened in 1967. Recently, the Minnesota Tech-nology Education Association recognized his achievements, presenting him with the 1995 Teacher of Excellence.

According to Barnes, the best part of teaching is the kids.

"I really enjoy the kids," said Barnes. "Most seventh-graders are really eager to learn."

Barnes, who graduated from Stout receiving a bachelor's degree in industrial education and a master's in industrial/technology education, has learned much about teaching.

"When I first started, I knew all the answers, of course," said Barnes. "The more I taught, the more help I had from two teachers-Paul Galazen and Ralph Scherer. They let me go out on a limb and occasionally break it off."

The technology curriculum has changed much in the 28 years Barnes has been teaching.

"It's the evolution of what was known as shop class. We used to talk about drafting," said Barnes. "We now talk about electronic communication. We also talk about energy and power, trans-portation and production. We do still have projects with wood, metal and plastics."

When asked if he thought about moving on to high school to teach technology, Barnes said "I had the opportunity to teach in high school but I enjoy the junior high too much to leave. I really enjoy seeing the light go on when they finally understand binary numbers."

In 1992, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recognized Barnes for his leadership role as a cooperating teacher.

"I have had over seventy student teachers," explained Barnes.

Barnes was the first teacher to be honored by the UW-Stout School of Industry and Technology for work in curriculum development and student teacher supervision in 1984.

He resides with wife, Sandra, and children, Amanda and Noah, in Richfield, Minn.

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