Cool School Teacher: Mr. Ian Barnett


Greg Mathis Charter High School teacher Ian Barnett works hard to be a positive role model or his students. We’re in North Charleston for our last Cool School Teacher for the 2018-2019 school year.

Mr. Ian Barnett is a math teacher at Greg Mathis Charter High School in Charleston county.  He’s from Jamaica, and has served as a teacher at Greg Mathis for nearly five years, teaching Algebra one and two, geometry, and probability and statistics.  Mr. Barnett says he relates math to real life situations, so that it’s meaningful to students.  He originally thought he wanted to be a doctor, but always had a love for math.  Mr. Barnett says he sees teaching as his calling.  He says, “Some of the students have good conversations with me.  They’re confident to express to me their feelings going through life, their daily struggles they have to go through.  I can see where I’ve made a whole lot of difference with them, and their life, and the decisions that they make. I think I’ve impacted a whole lot of students from here, students from Jamaica.  I’ve seen them gone on to be great persons.  I think this is a calling, because I’m changing lives.”  Twelfth-grade student Indyah Bunkem says, “He’s a caring person. I love Mr. Barnett.  He’s fun to be around.  I love having all types of conversations with him.  He inspires me.  I never use to like math like that, but now I know everything.”

In addition to teaching, Mr. Barnett enjoys playing chess.  He’s an expert player, ranked 20th in South Carolina by the United States Chess Federation.   He also teaches students at Greg Mathis and North Charleston Elementary the game.
Congratulations Mr. Ian Barnett!

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