Christopher L. Barnes, a Cannon County native and 1989 graduate from CCHS, has completed his Ed.D from the Argosy University school of education.
Dr. Barnes has reached a long awaited for goal. Born in Cannon County and raised in the Short Mtn. Community; earning a doctorate degree in the field of education was a highly unlikely dream for Barnes. After graduating from Cannon County High School, Barnes attended Vo-Tech; a trade school in McMinnville where he studied welding.
"I welded for various shops around and after a few years decided I wasn't satisfied with this line of work and decided I wanted to do something else with my life," Barnes said. Deciding he wanted to see what possibilities he could discover, Barnes decided to continue his education.
Barnes attended Motlow College and earned an Associate of Arts degree and immediately enrolled at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tn.
"At TTU,I majored in elementary education and worked my way through school at Autozone in McMinnville."
After graduating from Tennessee Tech, Dr. Barnes found gainful employment teaching public school in DeKalb County.
"I never stopped going to school even after I earned my B.S. I stayed, re-enrolled into a Masters Program with an emphasis in leadership and administration. I completed that degree in a year and started pursing a specialist degree at TTU," Barnes said.
Again, in another short year, Barnes completed his second graduate in Administration.
"I knew if I wanted to pursue a doctorate degree,the time was right to do it and so I did."
Barnes enrolled at Argosy University, located in Sarasota, Florida.
"I had moved to Georgia to pursue my goals and teach in the Georgia Public School system. It put me a little closer to school and Argosy offered classes that accomodated me in the summer and at scheduled breaks between school semesters. Five years later Barnes finally reached what he was after. "It wasn't easy, but I knew it would be worth it in the end if I were persistent."
Barnes gives credit to God for his blessings, family and friends that gave encouragement along the way.
"Ms. Anita and Mrs. Ferrell at Short Mtn. Elementary were positive role models for me in school. They were good teachers to me and left good impressions on me."
Dr. Barnes is the son of the late Stephen W. Barnes and Betty Barnes; whom still resides in the Short Mtn. Community.