Mrs. Barbara B Cotton
Science Teacher

Courses Taught:

Science 7, Science 8

B Cotton
For thirteen years I worked as a cardiovascular nurse technician at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. and Baptist South Hospital as a patient care technician. I returned to school in 2006 to complete my undergraduate degree in Biology. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Troy University in May of 2010. I continued my education and ended my healthcare career in fall of 2010, in order to pursue my graduate degree in Biology In July of 2013, I obtained my Master's of Science in Biological and Environmental Sciences from Troy University. I received my Alternative Masters Degree in Secondary Education in December of 2016.

 I have 3 years of experience as a graduate teaching assistant and 3 years of experience as an adjunct instructor in Biology Department at Troy University - courses taught include: Human Anatomy and Physiology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Principles of Biology, and Immunology. 

I also have five years of experience as the 7th and 8th grade science teacher at Banks School.

I am married to the love of my life. I am a mother of three (two girls and a boy) and grandmother of six beautiful girls. I graduated in 2016 from Auburn University Montgomery with an Alternative Master's in Secondary Science Education. I am starting my 6th year teaching 7th and 8th grade science at Banks School.

I am originally for Asheville, N.C. and moved to Atlanta in 1996. I lived in Atlanta, Ga. for 11 years and moved to Troy in 2007. My husband and I live in Troy, Alabama with our cats, Thunder and Subie.

I am a life-long learner and am living my dream as a science teacher. I love teaching students at this age! Watching students come to an understanding of science concepts brings my joy, especially when I see a student achieve the "Aha" moment. I encourage all of my students to become life-long learners and pursue their dreams. I am here to help them to achieve that goal.

Students, I encourage you to "Be your Best and Nothing Less". Parents, I thank you for allowing me to teach science to your middle school student. 
Supply Lists

7th and 8th Grade Science

1.      4 composition books

2.      Pencils and pens

3.      Glue sticks (2 pack only) (8th grade only)

4.      Kleenex (7th Grade Only)

5.      Paper Towels

6.      Index cards

If you are able to donate to our classroom, the following are items that are always needed and appreciated:

1.      Sticky notes

2.      Construction Paper

3.      Markers

4.      Dry Erase Markers

5.   Colored Pencils

6.     Basic school supplies for when students run out or are unable to purchase these items.

Grading Policy

Students will be graded daily on the material that that has been covered in the current unit. These grades are obtained as a result of group and individual participation. Students will also be graded on their analysis of our experiments. Students will also have quizzes, graded assessments and projects. 

 **Grades will consist of

  1. Classwork and Homework
  2. Lesson quizzes
  3. Science Investigation and analysis 
  4. Unit assessments and projects

Overview of Grades

Science Investigation and Analysis - 30%

Classwork/homework - 25%

Quizzes- 15%

Unit Tests and Projects - 30%

Class Rules

1. Bring science notebook and a pencil and pen to class every day.

2. Follow directions the first time given.

3. Raise your hand to speak or to leave your seat.

4. You are expected to be seated and working as soon as the bell rings.

5. Study and complete your work (EFFORT = SUCCESS)

6. Be polite, courteous, respect others and yourself.

Consequences (If you choose to break a rule)

1st offense: verbal warning

2nd offense: break detention

3rd offense: parent contact/ break detention

4th offense: parent contact and conference scheduled.

5th offense: office referral

Severe disruption: immediate office referral 



  1. Praise
  2. Student of the week
  3. Positive Notes/ Calls home
  4. The joy of a positive learning experience