Title: Substitute Teacher (Retired)
Location: Darien, Connecticut, United States
Barbara Lockwood Thorne, Retired Substitute Teacher, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in secondary education and guidance counseling.
Following in her father’s example, Ms. Thorne was inspired by his paternal and professional roles as a secondary school educator, department head and summer school principal. Earning a Bachelor of Arts from Westminster College in 1960, she soon completed postgraduate coursework at Cornell University in 1961. After making strides in her field, she returned to her education and obtained a Master of Science from the University of Bridgeport in 1987. Soon thereafter, she received a Sixth Year Certificate from the university in 1991. She is a national board certified counselor, as well as a licensed professional counselor in Connecticut and a certified teacher in New York.
Commencing her career in 1961, Ms. Thorne was a social studies teacher for the Greece Olympia High School for two years before serving in the same role at East High School for one additional year. Thereafter, she was a recreation teacher for the Fairfield YMCA from 1965 to 1970, tutor and substitute teacher at Needham Alternate High School from 1970 to 1878, and social studies teacher in the Alternate Learning Program at Darien High School from 1978 to 1988. Remaining with the high school, she also served as a team leader from 1982 to 1988, guidance counselor from 1988 to 2007, and coordinator of the student assistance team from 1991 to 2007. She concluded her career in 2018 after serving as a substitute teacher for various school districts in Darien, CT, since 2007.
Ms. Thorne is a former president of the League of Women Voters, through which she received the Sears Foundation Award and Volunteer in Government Award. In 1977 and again in 2003, she also received the Volunteer Service Award from the Community Council of Darien. In addition, she has served the City of Darien as a Justice of the Peace since 2005 and representative in town meetings since 2007. Married with two children and two grandchildren, she enjoys reading and playing tennis in her spare time. Notably, she was highlighted in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who of American Women.