Title: Teacher for the Gifted, Retired
Company: Lee County School Board
Location: Fort Myers, Florida, United States
Virginia Barnard, PhD, retired teacher for the gifted for the Lee County School Board, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in K-8 education.
With more than 20 years of professional experience, Dr. Barnard retired in 2004, having been a teacher for the gifted for grades K-8 at the Lee County School Board for 17 years. Prior to obtaining this role, she was a fourth grade teacher and she taught elementary school. Among the programs she utilized was the “Pull Out Program,” in which she worked at numerous schools, tailoring the curricula to the strengths of the children. She was often pleasantly surprised with the ideas the students created. Early in her career, Dr. Barnard taught fourth grade at Orangewood Elementary and then taught both fifth and sixth grade students at the Andrew D. Gwynne Institute. After concentrating on raising her own children, she returned to teaching in California, utilizing her extended certifications. When she landed back in Fort Myers, Florida, she taught emotionally handicapped children and then the Gifted Program, which she continued until her retirement 16 years after staring.
Dr. Barnard began her career as a student at Florida State University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in elementary education in 1956 and a Master of Science in recreation in 1957. She continued her studies at Nova Southeastern University, completing an Advanced Master’s Degree. Later in her career, Dr. Barnard returned to her studies at FSU, earning a Doctor of Philosophy, all but dissertation, in administration and supervision.
In addition to her college degrees, Dr. Barnard holds certification in numerous specialties. She is certified in elementary education, junior college education, administration and supervision, education for the mentally disabled, specific learning disabilities, and in education for the emotionally handicapped. She became a teacher during a time when it was difficult for women to enter many fields, and she credits much of her success to her father, who encouraged her to pursue the career. In addition, Dr. Barnard is grateful to her mentor, Mildred Laird, for helping to guide her path, and she is glad that she passed up an opportunity to work as a principal and supervisor because it allowed her to remain working directly with the children.
When Dr. Barnard retired, she pursued her interest in genealogy and became Local Regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution, President of The Southern Dames of America, Re-Organizing President of the Daughters of the King at her church, President of the Pioneer Club of Lee County and President of the Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century. She continued on in leadership roles with The Southern Dames of America as State President and National Chaplain, State Librarian and State Registrar of the Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century. She still maintains membership in all of the above organizations plus Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims and Daughters of the War of 1812.
Dr. Barnard enjoys studying history and genealogy in her free time, and she is active with a number of lineage societies.
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