Debbie Barrett-Hayes

Tallahassee, FL | Years Taught: 1970 – Present

Debbie says she feels “less like a teacher and more like a ‘traveling companion’ on what I hope will be a pleasant and exciting journey.” Hayes and a colleague, science teacher Karl Hook, developed the P.L.U.N.G.E. (Practical Learning Utilizing New Gadgets for Education) Project and Integrated A.R.T.S. (Art, Research, Technology, and Science) Summer program to help students use technology in a more meaningful way and the MagLab Alpha project where students work along side researchers, scientists, and engineers in the summer at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. She also worked with the Florida State Fine Arts Museum on the Judy Chicago Project, which focused on the feminist artist, and helped develop the Artisan project which focused on promoting teaching as a profession and the demonstration of how the arts relate to careers and work place skills.

Additional Recognition

  • 1999 • Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Award
  • 1999 • National Art Education Board of Directors, National Secondary Division Director
  • 1999 • Disney Education Grants, Reader/Rater
  • 1998 • National Educator Award, Milken Family Foundation
  • 1998 • Phi Delta Kappa “Programs of Excellence” Award for art integration
  • 1997 • Robert Rauchenbeig “Power of Art” Fellowship, Lab School of Washington
  • 1996 • Florida Art Educator of the Year
  • 1995 • Teacher of the Year Award for FSUS, sponsored by Burdines and Dept. Of Education
  • 1993 • Who’s Who in American Education