(Candidate information courtesy WSD Moms on a Mission.)

If you should happen to be driving your car behind me and looked at my license plate frame, you would see the words, “I touch the future . . . I teach.” That phrase sums up my feelings and commitment to the importance of education. Even in retirement I am still teaching because I genuinely love working with students and their families in the learning process. To prepare for my life’s vocation, I went to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale where I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education, and later a Master of Science Degree in Child Development and Family Relations. I was the first in my family to graduate from college, so I know what a difference a good education has made in my life.

I have been fortunate enough to live my professional dream by teaching twenty-eight years in Public Education. I taught in Illinois, Washington, and Missouri. In St. Charles County, I taught four years in the Orchard Farm School District and I retired from the Francis Howell School District after nineteen years of service. I taught students in English-Language Arts where I designed and developed curriculum, and directed plays and musicals. I also created an inner-school forensic program. I was also the recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award. In my final years, I worked in the gifted program and coached students for Odyssey of the Mind State Competition. I also had the professional opportunity to help open a new middle school. Since my retirement, I have worked with students in the gifted program at Parkway Central Middle School, and English-Language Arts students at Kirkwood High School. Currently, I am on leave from Special School District of St. Louis County where I have worked as a Homebound Tutor with general education students for thirteen years. After all of these years in the classroom I still love teaching, in fact, my daughter and three grandchildren have become educators as well.

Spending time with family and friends is a top priority. I enjoy travel, reading, and volunteer work. Professionally, I am a member of the Lake St. Louis University Women, an organization that provides educational scholarships for senior girls in the WSD who plan to attend college. I am a lifetime member of the National Education Association (NEA) also I belong to the Missouri Retired Teachers Association (MTRA). Since moving to LSL nine years ago, I have participated in many Pontooneers events. Membership in the Dance Club, a group of dancers in the St. Louis area, that provides formal ballroom dancing events where I enjoy dancing with my fiancée Patrick Mace.

It has been my honor to serve on the Wentzville Board of Education for almost three years and as secretary the past two years. My goal has been to ensure that every decision made is in the best interest of our students. As a board, our focus is on academic achievement as well as providing students with opportunities for social and emotional growth. If we instill, in our children, the desire to become life-long learners, we will secure our democratic society. My contribution to the BOE is that I know firsthand from training and experience what works in the classroom. Many ideas look good on paper, but will not work for teachers or students. In the final analysis, it is the interaction between the students and their teachers that makes the biggest impact. These daily encounters will determine how each child performs in school. These experiences can play a major role in determining a child’s future. It is an enormous undertaking to educate a child and no one can do it alone. Parents, administrators, teachers, support staff and the students themselves all play and important role in this developmental process. The BOE is charged with making sure that every child in the WSD has a chance to excel. I am asking for your vote on April 4, 2017 so I may finish the projects I have started and continue to find new and improved ways to educate all our children.

Barbara Fine