For the past nine years, I have been known by many children as Miss Barb, and sometimes as Miss Barbecue, but I will save that wonderful story for another time. (Yes, I promise I will share the story, a tad later.) Years ago, before my son was born, I taught fifth grade for 2 years and later second grade for seven years. Then nine years ago I entered a private preschool, and my life changed forever. My spirit just lifts naturally when I get to interact with young children. Maybe it is their innocent ways of viewing life, and the world around them. Seriously, I enjoy their playfulness, curiosity, and excitement for life. What a pleasure to guide, encourage, motivate, inspire and entertain them while, at the same time, educating them!
Yes, I’ve listed my education below. However, I believe one of my biggest qualifications, is the passion I have to ‘love on them,’ and offer opportunities to bless them in any way I can. I have recently been asked to finger paint for a few events, and oh my goodness, that was so much F-U-N!! Who knew after years of doodling, and being artsy, that I could bring a smile to a child by painting lady bugs, or kitty cats on their faces?
Although, you can see my favorite Red and Purple hat in my photo, I wear a few other hats as well. In recent years, I have provided private tutoring as well as child care and I’ve taught Home school classes. This past school year I provided before and care after in a private elementary/middle school and I taught deaf children in a small sweet little preschool. (Love them all!)
In addition, I have written three children’s picture books, about my silly cat, two of which are currently available. I am also in the process of writing a book for adults about hearing loss, since I have a moderate to severe hearing loss myself. This struggle, unfortunately, keeps me out if the classroom now since it is too hard to hear everyone in large groups of children.
At this stage, I have been encouraged to share my experiences teaching young children online. As I have considered how I might go about this, I realized I also have a passion to come alongside parents, and even educators, to encourage them in their roles with children. As Whitney’s song says, “I believe children are the future.” And, I believe it is our responsibility to teach them well.
- BA Art/Elementary Education
- M.Ed Deaf Education
- 90 hour Certification Early Childhood Education
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