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Patrick Duffy
Patrick, Katie, Will, and Keira

Education runs through my family. I was born and raised on the north shore of Lake Superior in the town of Grand Marais. My father, a poet, and my mother, an actress, were two artists that decided to share their gifts with others through careers in teaching, directing, and parenting. They were quite a team - one that modeled core values of teaching and learning that I have carried into my life as an educator. I am able share my love of learning with my wife Katie who is an elementary teacher and literacy coach and with my two children, Will (8) and Keira (6). They remind me about the importance of play and bring laughter and fun into my daily life. Personally and professionally, I strive to bring standards of excellence and a lens of equity into all of the work that I do and am passionate about helping others reach their full potential - trying to model that as an active learner, myself.

My hopes and dreams for my first year at Barton are that I can help nurture a school community that lives its mission of meeting the needs of each unique student, every day. I want to support systems and partner with Barton staff and families to help develop the strengths of each individual that walks through our doors. I hope that all students and families feel that they not only belong, but can thrive at Barton. As we get to know each other, I believe that our collective hopes and dreams will support a culture of learning that serves all students and of which we can all be proud.

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