Talitha Barrett, BA in Middle Grades Education and a Minor in Psychology

I have always had a passion for helping other people, especially kids. My mother would tell you I have wanted to be a teacher since I could talk, but I never knew what age level I wanted to teach until I entered high school. It was then that I made the decision to work with middle school students because I felt it was where I could make the biggest impact!

In choosing where to attend college, I knew I wanted a college who had an education degree with an emphasis in working with middle school students and would place me in the classroom as soon as possible--my options were definitely limited. I ended up in York, Nebraska at a small, private liberal arts school, which was a HUGE change from growing up in Portland, Oregon! While there, I was placed in the local middle school with a science teacher who I had the pleasure of working with for 5 years! It was during this time I developed my passion for science, which eventually exceeded my passion for math!

In May of 2008, I graduated Magna Cum Laude and moved back to Portland with my husband. I consider myself lucky to have found a teaching position in Sherwood just out of college! I have many friends who are teachers in other districts and they are jealous of our school and community here in Sherwood. I truly believe this is a great place for ALL kids!

Recently I finished my M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision. I never thought I would get a degree to become the associate or principal of a school, but I have found my experiences in the front office to be enjoyable. I have always enjoyed working with students to make smart choices and talk through the issues. At this time, I am not jumping at opportunities to leave my classroom, but I am sure I will know when the right opportunity comes around.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending quality time time with family and friends! The beach is one of my favorite places to go, even if just for the day, rain or shine. At the same time, I love to stay inside to read a good book or be "artsy fartsy".