Claudia and W.T. Barnhart

The Claudia and W.T. Barnhart Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award was established in 1988 by the Barnhart family in order to honor teaching excellence at Temple College. Each year the Faculty Council selects a teacher who receives this award and whose name is put forward for the prestigious statewide Minnie Piper Award.


Thank you for the brief yet spectacular introduction you gave to my students earlier this morning. Today was the first day of the semester and after your introduction there was palpable shift in the mood of the class. Your enthusiasm was infectious. They seemed more receptive, engaged and responsive. It was as if they felt surer of themselves, knowing that they are receiving instruction that has been judged by other experts to be good.