Portsmouth STEM Academy

Portsmouth STEM Academy

Now Enrolling K-12 for 2017-2018 School Year



Mrs. Barnhart - Technology

Barnhart Headshot

I’ve always held the belief in that old saying: “If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime.” With this in mind, it is my hope that when students learn how to learn, those methods can apply to just about everything. Too often, we learn things by rote: by memorizing a set of instructions to get to a particular answer. This type of learning does not give anyone deep understanding. By understanding the reasoning behind doing something, a student can apply that knowledge to new challenges that they may face. I’m excited to use my past experiences with technology, music, and creativity to create engaging and integrated lessons at Portsmouth STEM Academy. My goal is to help lead students towards greater knowledge and assist students with learning 21st Century skills.

Amy Barnhart, of Portsmouth, Ohio, is a 2013 graduate of Shawnee State University where she obtained a B.S in Education with Middle School Licensure and the distinction of magna cum laude. She also has an Associates degree in business from the University of Cincinnati. Amy grew up and completed most of her primary education in Omaha, Nebraska, participating in many music and art programs. She then moved to the Cincinnati area right before her senior year of high school, and remained there for college and her first career in marketing and graphic design, working in the corporate business world for fifteen years. Amy eventually moved to the Portsmouth area and decided to pursue a new life as a teacher and go back to college for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives and education of children. Since graduating, she has worked at McKell Middle School and Wheelersburg Middle School. She is also a board member of the Portsmouth Area Arts Council.

Amy has been married for over eighteen years and has two children. Amy says she enjoys reading Young Adult novels, and considers herself to be a nerd—you know, the kind of nerd that likes Star Wars and Star Trek, and occasionally plays Dungeons and Dragons.