It was Journey’s warmth and sense of community that first drew Ms. Davis to the school. During her initial visit, the school’s educational pillars resonated, “Taking the long view of education, strong relationships that last, integrating the disciplines, working in partnership with parents, and much more.” So, in spite of success in traditional schools, Ms. Davis committed to Journey as a Main Class Teacher five years ago.
Ms. Davis holds a Multiple Subject Credential from CSU San Marcos—where she also earned a Bilingual Credential and Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies. She will graduate from Steiner College in the summer of 2014 with a Certification and Master’s Degree in Waldorf Education.
Below, Ms. Davis reflects upon her first five years at Journey:
“It has been an honor to lead two separate classes of students. The first group and I looped through Fifth Grade together for 3 beautiful years. Now, I can’t wait to take my current students onto Third Grade. Next year, the children will learn by doing, with all the hands-on activities and trips in the curriculum.”
As she reflects upon this school year, Ms. Davis states: “I saw strong social cohesion in the students and a very healthy interest and growth in reading. It was especially fun implementing my “Reader’s Theatre” Master’s Thesis. This action research was so beneficial because the results were both personal and immediate.”
Outside of school, Ms. Davis does yoga, cooks using new flavors from around the world, participates in a book club, runs, and spends time with her boys camping and swimming.
Mrs. Barger started teaching at Journey in 2011, juggling multiple roles as an Apprentice Teacher, First Grade Assistant, and long-term substitute in 7th Grade. Mrs. Barger has led her current students since First Grade, and is eager to watch the students roll-up their sleeves during the hands-on Grade Three year.
Mrs. Barger is currently finishing her Waldorf Teacher Certificate and Master’s Degree. Mrs. Barger has abundant experience working with young children—having led a popular art program in the region for many years. She enjoys studying about childhood development and educating parent partners about key milestones their children achieve. She earned her BA in Human Development from Pacific Oaks University and a Multiple Subject Credential from CSU Fullerton.
Mrs. Barger was raised in the Northwest and has spent the last 26 years in southern California where she reared her own children. In her “spare time” Mrs. Barger enjoys spending time with her husband as they explore new terrain in her jeep. Fishing, paddle boarding, enjoying nature, and traveling are favorite pastimes.
Mrs. Barger is very excited about the future: “I look forward to many wonderful years at Journey working with an amazing administration, office staff, teachers, and parents who value education and respect children like no other place!”