Barbara earned her undergraduate degree in elementary education with a minor in special education from Viterbo College in La Crosse, WI. She received her masters degree in elementary reading and language arts as well as her doctorate in curriculum and instruction and from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA. After teaching in an elementary classroom for eleven years, Barb started teaching undergraduate courses for elementary majors in reading, language arts, social studies methods, and general teaching strategies with computer applications at Luther College.
I believe our survival as a society hinges on how effective we are at raising our children to be citizens of the world. To this end, society needs effective teachers at every level. Teachers have to be good thinkers who are able to peel away the layers of distractions in this world and really question the value and integrity of what they are being asked to do in today’s classrooms. Teachers have to be passionate learners who can share their excitement for wondering with children, and teachers have to be caring individuals who pull children up to their potential through support and encouragement. Teachers have to realize the critical role they can play in children's lives, because teachers do make a difference.
"One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child." - Carl Jung