Canyon ISD teacher is nominee for the highest award given

A Canyon Independent School District teacher has been nominated for the highest award a Math or Science teacher can get. It's Karen Barber, and she's been teaching for 21 years.

Barber is the 7th grade Science teacher at Westover Park Junior High School. She's a nominee for a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. We're featuring her in this week's Region 16 Spotlight on Education report.

For 21 years, Karen Barber has been educating the young minds of Canyon ISD students. First teaching at Valleyview Junior High School, then moving over to Westover Park.

"My favorite thing about teaching is the interaction with the kids and getting to know them one on one," said Barber.

It's that passion for teaching that spills over into her classroom and inspires her colleagues. Another reason Region 16 chose her to represent the area on a statewide and hopefully, national level.

"The process is each region in Texas nominates their choices for teachers in their region and then those finals go to the state and at the state level they chose the top five and each then goes to the national level. It's such a huge honor, knowing the other junior high teachers in this region and the quality of education that we provide I'm just overwhelmed that the people at Region 16 chose me to be the representative for this year".

Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of Mathematics and Science education. But Barber, doesn't want recognition for herself.

"My biggest hope is to get some exposure for the great programs that we have in Canyon Independent School District and Region 16".

108 teachers will be recognized. They'll receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States, a trip to Washington, D.C., and attend several recognition events, as well as receive $10,000.

Barber will find out sometime this summer if she moves on to the national level.