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Evansville principal: Wyoming’s Teacher of the Year’s classroom ‘contains a magical trunk’

Alexis Barney (courtesy of the Wyoming Department of Education)

CASPER, Wyo. — Evansville Elementary School fourth and fifth grade teacher Alexis Barney has been named the 2021 Wyoming Teacher of the Year as well as the Natrona County School District Teacher of the Year.

The NCSD Board of Trustees took time during their Monday, Sept. 28 meeting to recognize Barney on her achievement. Evansville Elementary Principal Wayne Tuttle explained to the trustees why Barney is deserving of the honor.

“She is one of the finest educators I have had the privilege of working with in three decades as an educator,” Tuttle said. “She does many things as a teacher, but her innovative engagement strategies are one of her greatest strengths.”

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“She transforms lessons on basic concepts and creates magic that students will remember for years to come. Her classroom contains a magical trunk. She builds up anticipation for these magical trunk lessons for days, sometimes for weeks. By the time the trunk is open and students actually get started on the ‘Figurative Language Fashion Show’ or the Greek mythology unit focused on ‘Saving Mrs. Barney from Medusa,’ students are totally invested in learning the important standards that accompany these well planned lessons.”

Barney also serves as co-chair of the school’s literacy goal team and works to develop relationships with the University of Wyoming’s Literacy Research Center, Tuttle added. He noted that Barney works to support quality professional development opportunities for educators and has presented at various conferences.

“These efforts resulted in Evansville being awarded the Carol Mead Leader in Literacy Award,” Tuttle said, noting the award is given for contributions that “exemplify commitment to literacy development of Wyoming citizens.”

Tuttle said that Barney is a committed professional who works tirelessly.

“When a principal looks for an educator to be an anchor of their school for decades to come, they are searching for someone like Alexis,” he added.

Barney told the trustees she is excited to represent Natrona and the State of Wyoming after having been selected as Teacher of the Year.

“I am so honored it still hasn’t quite set in yet,” she said.

The Wyoming Department of Education announced Barney’s selection as Teacher of the Year last week. Further details regarding her selection are available in this article.