Meet Shane Barry

Shane Barry

teacher, Athens Drive Magnet High School

I try to have the model of ‘Be the person that I needed at that age.’

An Introduction: I am a Civil Engineering graduate from N.C. State University. After working as a Field Engineer at the Pentagon for (construction firm) Hensel Phelps, I followed my passion for education back to Raleigh and attained my teaching license. Currently, I am a science teacher at Athens Drive Magnet High School, the STEM energy and Sustainability Academy coordinator, and the varsity swim coach.

Origin Story: Tutoring fellow students while in college helped me realize that education was my passion and where I wanted to devote my efforts.

A Proud Moment: In spring 2020, 12 solar panels were installed at Athens Drive, through a grant from NC GreenPower Solar+ Schools.

Our focus is on energy and sustainability, and solar panels fit both those. We had a student (Rocco Nociti) interested in a grant that he saw, and we supported him through the writing of the grant, through the fundraising process, and through the installation of the solar array.

It was quite the process, to get all that done and installed. But when you see a student who’s that interested in the things that you’re teaching them, to go above and beyond outside of the classroom, then you put in the extra effort.

True fact: I play poker as a hobby, with numerous trips to Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

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