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Tracey's Barton Connections
Cover of first Clara Barton Open yearbook
The cover of the first Clara Barton Open yearbook, 1982-1983

My Barton connection begins when Clara Barton Open School opened in the fall of 1982.  I was in the second grade, and like my Barton peers and teachers, thought being part of beginning a new school was a very big deal.  After seven great years at Barton, I went on to South High School, Stanford University (BS degree in biology), and the University of California, Los Angeles (Master of Education degree).  

I returned to Barton as a parent.  My partner and I have two daughters who both attended Barton, grades kindergarden through eighth.  Watching my childrens' social, emotional, and academic growth at Barton was every bit as exciting

My second grade school picture
Tracey's second grade Barton school picture
as experiencing it myself, if not better!  

When my mom became a third and fourth grade teacher at Barton, I had the great opportunity to see progressive education through yet another lens.  Visiting my mom's classroom for portfolio sharings and other special events gave me a unique behind-the-scenes view of the remarkable teaching and learning that continues to make Barton a great place for everyone.  

My Barton experience came full circle in 2017 when I eagerly accepted the 7th and 8th grade science teaching position.  It is a tremendous honor to share my passion for learning with current Barton students and families.