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Barbara Misday
Barbara Misday

4th Grade Teacher

Education: M.A. University of Phoenix with a Master’s of Education in Administration: Supervision and Leadership (K-12) & Literacy Specialist Certification; B.S.: University of Pittsburgh with Elementary Education (K-8) with a minor in English Literature and Speech.

Barbara Misday was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She attended the University of Pittsburgh and received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. While at Pitt, she studied abroad and student taught in Birmingham, England. Barbara taught middle school for the Pittsburgh Public School District before moving to Las Vegas, Nevada to teach for the Clark County School District. Barbara’s teaching career in Vegas included teaching second, third and fourth grades, and serving as the remedial reading teacher and science specialist. Barbara also opened a new school and served as the literacy specialist and learning strategist there before moving up to administration. Barbara was an assistant principal for 18 months before being appointed principal of Tomiyasu Elementary School.

Barbara left Tomiyasu after six years when she was recruited to serve as the Head of School at Sandy Searles Miller World IB School. Sandy Miller was designated the Number One Magnet School of America that year, and received School of Excellence and School of Distinction by the Magnet Schools of America with Barbara as Head of School. During the five years that Barbara was principal of Frank Kim Elementary achievement soared, and Frank Kim ES was designated a 5 STAR High Achieving School. Barbara retired after 33 years with CCSD in 2014. She moved to Birch Bay, WA with her husband Tom.  Her adult children, Sean and Kayla soon followed and they now live in Seattle. Barbara missed teaching and working with children so she started to work as a substitute teacher for the Blaine School District before coming to The Franklin Academy.

Barbara believes that every child wants to learn and achieve. She works tirelessly to unlock their potential and help them realize and achieve their goals. Her classroom is a safe, happy place where mistakes are accepted and celebrated as a part of the learning process. Barbara creates a hand-on learning environment for her students, and believes in an integrated subject approach to instruction to build connections and make learning more meaningful for her students. She is a life long learner and is enjoying putting what she learned as an administrator into practice in her classroom.

When not in the classroom, Barbara enjoys gardening, decorating, cooking and spending time with her pets (dogs Mickey and Pluto;  her cat, Minnie). She loves to travel with her husband, Tom and her adult children, Sean and Kayla. Barbara finds her peaceful place while boating, watching the sunset and walking along the rocky beach at Birch Bay, WA.

A favorite quote:

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. “

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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