Barber Attends FTA Teacher Tour
Last week, 11 public school teachers from across the state were in Tallahassee to participate in Florida Trucking Association’s (FTA) Florida Teacher Tour, an intensive program which educates selected teachers about the integral contributions of the trucking industry to the state/national economy and daily life. In attendance was Franklin County Elementary Teacher, Donna Barber.
The FTA Teacher Tour is designed so that educators at all grade levels are better informed about the complexities of the nation’s most-used freight/logistics mode and the career opportunities that the industry offers to Florida’s students.
Barber visited a Florida Department of Transportation weigh station; FedEx Ground distribution center; Shelton Trucking; Performance Peterbilt; McKenzie Tank Lines; rode with members of Florida Highway Patrol and engaged in expert-led seminars. She also was tasked with writing lesson plans aligned to the Florida Standards that incorporate trucking and logistics concepts learned to be used in the classroom.
“The Florida Teacher Trucking Tour has been incredibly eye-opening for me, said Donna Barber, fourth-grade teacher and team leader at Franklin County School. “I now have a much better understanding of the many aspects of the industry and the various organizations that work together to ensure safe delivery of the many goods consumed by people every day. After attending this tour, I feel strongly that there is a place in the industry for many of my current students.”
“The trucking industry is indispensable—trucks bring us nearly everything we touch on a daily basis. Because of this, trucking is central to the economic health of the state and country. It’s critical to identify, inspire and train the next generation of trucking and logistics professionals, and teachers are uniquely qualified to understand the skill-sets required for the vast career opportunities in the field,” said FTA President and CEO Ken Armstrong. “Participants in the Florida Teacher Tour get a deep dive into the many facets of the industry, gain an appreciation for its complexities, and decide how to communicate to their students the value of and opportunities in 21st-century trucking.”
The following educators were selected and participated in the Tour:
- Aliza Bar-David- Fort Clarke Middle School, Alachua County
- Donna Barber- Franklin County School, Franklin County
- Page Curry- Cobb Middle School, Leon County
- Camille Greene- Boulevard Heights Elementary, Broward County
- Mike Guthrie- Mowat Middle School, Bay County
- Ardee Harris- Yulee High School, Nassau County
- Joseph Heidler- West Hernando Middle School, Hernando County
- Rob McCannell- Hilliard Middle-Senior High School, Nassau County
- Kristi Miller- J.R. Arnold High School, Bay County
- Abigail Smith- J.R. Arnold High School, Bay County