Barbara is a lifelong member of the Church of Universal Fellowship, having grown up in Orono and graduated from Orono High School. She then attended Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, spending junior year abroad at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, and graduating magna cum laude with a BA in English. After graduation she returned to Orono and took courses in child development, which led to a twenty year career as a preschool teacher at Chapel Children’s Center, University of Maine. She then resigned her position and became an educational trainer, giving workshops for early childhood professionals and getting a Masters degree in Adult Education and Distance Learning from the University of Phoenix. She is now the Education Resource Specialist, in charge of supplies and activities for Sunday School and adult learning; determining the lesson support activities and supply needs, and then purchasing (if necessary), organizing, and making supplies available for use with the appropriate age groups and being in charge of the Education Resource Supply Room, including assisting with audio visual program needs.
Other interests include singing in the choir, travelling, spending time with family, reading (especially historical fiction, science fiction/fantasy and mysteries) and participating in a medieval re-creation group (the Society for Creative Anachronism), where (among other things) she studies and teaches historical rapier combat (fencing).
This is a photo of Barbara (on the left) fencing at Pennsic, an annual gathering of about 12,000 fellow medieval re-creators.
A favorite quote: “I think the best way to teach well is to be always learning something.” (Patricia McKillip, Ombra in Shadow). Through Sunday School teaching, Bible study, Book Night, Movie Night, Digging Deeper discussions, Living the Questions, Messy Church and other learning opportunities, I feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to be always learning something.
Another favorite quote: “It’s never too late to have a happy childhood”. I feel fortunate to be able to have fun crafts and wonderful children’s books be part of my job.