Fredericton High School teacher Carolyn Barnhart is a recipient of the 2018 Prime Minister's Award for teaching excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). She was one of 64 educators recognized in a ceremony with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa on May 2.
A Fredericton High School alumnus, Barnhart has been teaching for 28 years. She lives in Harvey and earned a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education and Masters of Science degrees from the University of New Brunswick. She began her teaching career in a fly-in Cree community in Ontario and came back to New Brunswick to teach in Doaktown for two years before taking a position in Fredericton.
Upon receiving her award, Barnhart said she is privileged to work with a great group of educators at Fredericton High, including Principal Shane Thomas, who supports her ideas for experiential learning which is at the heart of her teaching methods.
The Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence have honoured exceptional elementary and secondary school teachers in all disciplines since 1993, with over 1,500 teachers honoured to date. Teaching Excellence Awards recipients are honoured for their remarkable achievements in education and for their commitment to preparing their students for a digital and innovation-based economy. The Teaching Excellence in STEM Awards honour outstanding Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics teachers that help develop the culture of innovation Canada needs today, and in the future.