Brown Middle School

Barry Burch - 6th Gr Science & Soc. Studies

Hi friends!

I am Barry Burch and I am excited about this year at Brown Middle School!  I taught 5th grade for past 8 years and taught 8th grade last year.  Most of those years I taught Science and Social Studies, but I have taught Math and Reading as well.  I wanted to move to middle school to gain more experience.  My wife, Shannon, is an 8th grade Science teacher for Ooltewah Middle School.  We have been married for 17 years and have an 8-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl.  We spend a lot of time camping and paddling down rivers. 

Before teaching in public school, I was an outdoor educator and business manager.  I worked my way through school as a carpenter, river guide, ski instructor, and even a library assistant for a little while.  A random fact about me is that I can ride a bicycle facing backwards better than most people can ride one normally.  I find success in the classroom through building good relationships with students by treating them with respect and trying to model respect for everyone.  I believe that most people are stronger than they realize and love to share how beautiful the world looks through the lens of science.  Every new year is a great adventure and I look forward to sharing it with you.

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