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Teacher of the Day

Name:  George Bartuska

School:  Central Florida Aerospace Academy of Kathleen High School

Subject:  Engineering Tech I-IV, Aerospace Tech & Earth Space Science

State:  FL

What or who inspired you to become a teacher?

Ms. Ann Breslauer was a real inspiration to me. While volunteering with her in her visual perception training program for elementary students with learning disabilities, I was very taken by her patience, love for the students and the interactive, hands-on learning activities she designed.

How are things different for you now, compared to when you first started teaching?

Now entering my fourth year as an educator I can see where my classroom management skills have continued to be refined. When I first started teaching it was also the inaugural year that our Central Florida Aeropsace Academy was launched and our classes were taught from a remodeled airplane hanger at our municipal airport. Near the close of the 2010-2011 school year we moved to a state-of-the-art facility. So I am flexible to teaching in whatever environment I am provided.

What advice would you give to a new or struggling teacher?

Read Harry Wong's book, "The First Days of School." Be resourceful - talk with other teachers, scan the Internet for free training and opportunities to engage your students. Get the community involved with helping to grow your classroom supplies and educational support and opportunities.

My best day in the classroom was when…

After having just completed a lesson discussion and seeing students' eyes light up with the satisfaction of having "gotten it."

The best compliment I've ever received from a student or parent was...

When students parents share with me not only how much their child enjoys my classes, but also how their child has come home and explained some of the activities or classroom discussions we had that day.

What's your favorite part of the school year?

The first time when my students get to take the surveying equipment outside. The students are so excited and eager to learn.

What is your one must-have item for the classroom?

A fluid power hydraulic trainer.

What do you eat for breakfast on school days?

Carnation Instant Breakfast (chocolate).

What movie or TV show do you secretly love?

The History Detective.


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