Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week ... please help us celebrate 2021 Carmel Elementary School Teacher of the Year Bill Barsh!
Carmel Elementary School has its own “Mister Rogers,” and his name is Bill Barsh.
Mr. Barsh, according to Principal Kim Hagood, shares the same kind helper spirit as the legendary public television educator, and is just as beloved by his students, their parents and his colleagues.
“He believes in the potential of every student – a student is not broken, just unformed at the moment,” she said of the 22-year art teacher and Teacher of the Year. “He always has words of kindness and encouragement, and he disciplines with love and gentleness.”
A highly trained art educator, who has earned bachelor’s, masters and a specialist degree in his field, Mr. Barsh skillfully blends important lessons in communications and culture with the joy of creating art in every medium imaginable.
Beyond his classroom lessons, Mr. Barsh helps lead the “Man’s Lunch” program, designed to empower boys struggling at school or at home through building connections with the school’s male teachers, and the Check In/Check Out program that provides daily mentorship time to students in need of additional support.
Colleagues say his servant leadership makes them proud to call Mr. Barsh a colleague, mentor, friend and neighbor. “I’m incredibly grateful for his positive influence in my own children’s lives,” said one colleague, who also is a Carmel parent.
In his own words: “Investing in students’ education and their community awareness is a direct investment in the community I love.”
Special thanks to our 2021 Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration's Presenting Sponsors: Cherokee County Educational Foundation, Credit Union of Georgia, Northside Hospital Cherokee and Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Canton.