May 23, 2007
Steamboat Springs Middle School math and science teacher Ben Barbier was named this year's Steamboat Springs School District Teacher of the Year. Barbier, who grew up in Steamboat, said he enjoys building relationships with his students and working in subject areas he is passionate about.
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Ben Barbier didn't want to be a teacher when he grew up. It wasn't until he started coaching at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club that he developed a rapport with teenagers.