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Shiloh’s Summer Spotlight Series
Throughout the summer of 2015, Shiloh would like to take the great opportunity to do small “spotlight” stories on our wonderful staff members. Even though school is not in session, we feel that this is a fantastic time to show our thanks and continued appreciation to our dedicated staff members. This time, our “spotlight” will be on Shiloh Teacher Mrs. Wendy Barrows. Please read further to learn more about Mrs. Barrows!
-When did you decide you wanted to work in education?
I first decided that I wanted to be a teacher when I was a third grade student in Mrs. Gilbert's class; she was one of my favorite teachers and I wanted to be just like her!
-What is your role at Shiloh?
I am a 5th grade teacher.
-How long have you worked at Shiloh?
This coming school year will be my eighth year teaching at Shiloh (six years in fifth grade and two years in fourth).
-Can you tell us about a teacher that you had while you were growing up who had a positive influence on you?
Mr. Lombardo, my 4th grade teacher, was another one of my favorite teachers. Most of my elementary school memories are of his classroom (I loved participating in the "Wax Museum"...I was Laura Ingalls Wilder because she was my favorite author). I remember some students thought he was mean, but he turned out to be one of the best teachers I ever had even though I was scared to death that I was going to be in his class. He had very high expectations and inspired me to become a hard worker. Not only was he a great teacher, but he truly cared about me as a student, an athlete, and as a person. In fact, we still stay in touch through Facebook.
-Where did you go to elementary school?
My elementary school was M.J. Fletcher School in Jamestown, New York.
-What would you like for the students of Shiloh to say about you, say in 10 or 20 years from now?
I would hope my former students would say that I had a positive impact on their lives by teaching them the value of hard work and discipline. I doubt in 10-20 years they'll remember a favorite lesson I taught, but I hope they'll say that I helped them to love learning, to wonder about the world around them, and that their educational experience in my classroom mattered to them.
-In your opinion, what is the best thing about the Shiloh community? (Students, staff, parents, etc.)
The best thing about the Shiloh community is the high expectations and teamwork exhibited by teachers, parents, administration, etc. Regardless of the many challenges faced in education, our school community always rises to the occasion and puts students first.
-Can you share anything with us that we may not know about you?
I'll bet people would be shocked to hear that I'm a Charlotte Hornets fan. Ha ha!! Seriously, one thing people may not know about me is that when I decided to become a teacher, I actually wanted to be a physical education teacher.
-When you are not working at school, what do you like to do?
When I'm not at school, my life revolves around my family and my children's activities. I love to read, ride my bike, go for walks, play softball, and play with my husband and kids in the backyard.
Thank you for reading about Mrs. Barrows. We thank her for her time with our Spotlight Series. Thank you to everyone for reading about our staff during this summer. We plan on bringing back the Spotlight Series during the summer of 2016!
Written by: Scott Spencer - Principal
Posted: Jul 09, 2015 by Mark A. Greene