Rutland High science teacher named VP for State Association | Best Of
The newest Vice President of the Georgia Science Teachers Association (GSTA) is Bibb County’s own Brian Butler. Mr. Butler joined GSTA his second year in Bibb schools. He began teaching science in 2007at Miller Magnet Middle Schools. After three years at Miller, he transferred to Rutland High. At Rutland High he is the Science Department Chair and sponsor of the school's Student Council.
Prior to teaching, Mr. Butler received a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma. He then served as a meteorologist for the United States Air Force. During his four years as a weather officer, he was tasked with teach incoming employees about weather. He said teaching was the best position he had while in the Air Force and influenced his decision to become an educator. In 2007, he received his Master of Arts in Teaching for Secondary Education from Georgia College and State University, and in 2013 he received his Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
The GSTA board serves science teachers throughout the state of Georgia. It is an outlet to receive information concerning the changes of state standards and legislation at the capital level. Mr. Butler has participated in the Georgia Science Teachers Association for six years. He has served in positions such as District XII Chair and Local Arrangement Chair for the 2014 conference.
The GSTA's premier event is its annual science conference. The conference allows teachers to meet and share ideas and teaching practices. It also features guests from higher education, including the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), who host sessions for the teachers.
“For me, every time I go to a meeting, conference, or go to a professional development that GSTA offers, I become rejuvenated in my own teaching,” Mr. Butler said. “When you get these new ideas you become so excited to implement them and share them with others. I love that.”
“I really enjoy getting to work with other teachers across the state. It really broadens your focus. When you get new ideas it helps you become a better teacher,” he said. “I think it also helps Bibb County because we bring in outside ideas to incorporate here and share our good ideas with other counties.”
As Vice President, Mr. Butler is in charge of membership for GSTA. He said his main focus will be communicating news updates with teachers, as well as information about how any changes will affect them.
He has earned the opportunity to participate in the National Congress on Science Education this summer through his new position. He will receive the opportunity to not only meet with the Georgia legislators, but with representatives from across the United States. They will meet in Washington, D.C., to discuss policies on a national level and explore science education policies for the future.
- Emily Brunner