I was born in Oak Park, IL, moved to the suburb of Hinsdale at 5, then STC at 7 so my parents could be midway between Dadís job at YMCA hotel in Chicago and Momís job teaching at NIU in DeKalb. After spending a mostly delightful grades 3-10 in STC, my folks had a not so delightful split, which led to me finishing high school at Walt Whitman HS in Bethesda, MD. Education was always emphasized in our family, so I went to college (Cornell, Temple, Shippensburg, & Eastern Mennonite) for various degrees and certificates over the years. Iíve been an educator most of my life, teaching kindergarten in Philly, high school math in Chambersburg, PA (where Iíve lived since 1977), a college sociology course in conflict resolution at Wilson College in Chbg., a court-ordered parenting class for some counties in central PA, Alternatives to Violence workshops in US & Kenya, and bullying prevention work as a consultant with some school districts. I can trace so much of what I became to STC roots Ė helping at Betsy Rossí Playschool led to early childhood interests, Illinois Math with Mr. Baptist led to teaching math, music & drama with Mr. Getty led to me directing 7 high school musicals, swimming lessons at the Pott led to several years of teaching swimming, Baker Church & MYF led to a lifelong faith journey which has had a home with Quakers since the end of high school, going on hikes and bike-hikes led to my love of travel and new roads Ė so many things! And finding so many classmates this past year (2011-12) has made me realize even more how influential and important the people and the place of STC have been to me! I am now semi-retired, happily in a second marriage, and have 3 delightful grown daughters who have blessed me with 3 sons-in-law and 6 beautiful grandchildren!
Update 2015 - All the above is still true, except that my husband, Chuck Barbour, died in March of 2014. He LOVED our class, especially meeting so many people at the 2012 reunion. As for me, I'm adjusting to the "new normal," and while I miss him very much, his love for life spurs me to make the most of my own life as best I can. I know that's what he would want.
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