TOSS's April Superintendent Spotlight is Dr. Steve Barnett who is finishing up his first year as Director of Schools in Johnson City. It has been great welcoming Dr. Barnett to TOSS and getting to know him this year!
Dr. Barnett shared with us two initiatives Johnson City Schools is currently working on. First, they are now offering the Advanced Placement Capstone Diploma for students at Science Hill High School, which will include a new year-long seminar and research component. Additionally, they are supporting their 1:1 Digital Transformation in grades 3-12 by entering year three of their technology teacher leader initiative. This is building capacity in their schools to lead the changes in teaching and learning that new technologies are bringing to schools.
We asked Dr. Barnett what his favorite part of his job is. He said, "we have so much to accomplish and so many different things to do and work on each day. It's exciting to get up each day and make decisions that impact our students and teachers in positive ways."
Fun Fact: Dr. Barnett is the 5th of 12 children! He said that having 11 siblings taught him to appreciate the things in life that really matter.