Barbara McFarlin-Kosiec

Title: President
Company: Info Connect
Location: Fernie, British Columbia, Canada

Barbara Ann McFarlin-Kosiec, Ph.D., president of Info Connect, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Spanish and elementary education.

Celebrating a storied and influential career as an educator for nearly 60 years, Dr. McFarlin-Kosiec has taught the Spanish language to elementary and secondary school students in schools around Canada and the state of Washington. Inspired to pursue a career as a Spanish teacher while in high school, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Master of Arts in Spanish from Texas Christian University in 1960 and 1964 respectively. Thereafter, she began her career as a second-grade teacher at Mercedes Independent School District in 1962. After earning a Ph.D. in leadership in education from Gonzaga University in 1985, she contributed her expertise in Spanish education to a number of institutions within Canada and the United States, such as East Kootenay Community College, Fernie Public Schools, Othello Public Schools (Washington State), Pasco School District (Washington State), St. Joseph’s Catholic School (Washington State), and Southeast Kootenay School District Five. She taught at Columbia Basin Community College in Pasco, Washington for about 13 years. Additionally, from 1986 to 2012, she has served as the president of McFarlin-Kosiec Enterprises.

Dr. McFarlin-Kosiec is renowned for her research in advanced statistics and research design. For her contributions in the field, she is proud to have been presented with a multitude of awards and accolades, notably the Helen Gibbs Award, Awards from the Rainbow Rockers to Lutacaga Dance Troupe, and the Association for Quality and Participation and recognition awards from the Mayor of Othello, the Othello City Library and Columbia Basin Community College. Moreover, she is a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Over the course of her career, she has maintained professional affiliations with various organizations, including the Washington Education Association, the Association for Quality and Participation, the Tri-Cities Higher Education Organization, the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation, the British Columbia Retired Teachers Association and the National Education Association.

Since her retirement, she enjoys arranging solo piano music,  teaching modern dance, practicing piano and participating in local singing groups. In the 2020-2021 year, the Canada Council of the Arts awarded her professional status as a theatre artist. She also serves as the president of the Fernie Arts Theatre Ensemble Society.  She wrote, produced, and acted in the play, “Putting Away the Old” in 2020.  You may see the performance on YouTube (ourfernie.ca). She has a new play that she wrote in production entitled, “The Insurance Man.”

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