Science Teacher Receives Navy Impact Influencer Award


Photo courtesy of Tri-County News Cutline: U.S. Navy Executive Officer for the Navy Talent Acquisition Group Commander Matthew Sass (right) presents Mr. Tracy Bartels the Navy Impact Influencer Award during halftime of the varsity girls basketball game on Feb. 11.

Karin Juhl

CHS science teacher Mr. Tracy Bartels was presented the Navy Impact Influencer Award on February 11, at halftime of the varsity girls basketball game.

The Navy Impact Influencer Award is given to innovative teachers who have inspired kids to join the Navy.

CHS alumni Patrick Calnin nominated Mr. Bartels for this award. Calnin was a student in Bartels’ energy class, and after graduating in 2020, he joined the Navy.

During his energy class in 2020, Mr. Bartels had invited a Navy recruiter to explain nuclear energy in the Navy. This experience and the rest of the class helped to direct Calnin’s interests into a career in the energy sector.

“I chose Mr. Bartels because he cares about what he teaches and cares about the people that he teaches,” said Calnin. “He puts in extraordinary amounts of work to bring reallife applications of his courses into a learning environment.”

“I was very surprised, humbled and honored, especially to receive the award from Patrick,” Mr. Bartels said.

The award presentation was organized as a surprise for Mr. Bartels. His wife, Mrs. Stephanie Bartels — also a CHS science teacher — was told ahead of time, so she could invite family members to watch the presentation of the award. Mr. Bartels’ mother, sister, brother-in-law, cousin and nephew were all able to attend.