Dr. Barber has been an education professional for 50+ years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education, Master of Education, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from The University of Oklahoma. Her work experience was in Norman, OK. During her tenure with the Norman Public Schools, she served as a teacher’s aide, physical education instructor, classroom teacher, team leader, curriculum consultant, arts-in-education coordinator, principal (Eisenhower Elementary School), and Director of Curriculum and Instruction. During those years, she also taught at The University of Oklahoma as a special instructor and adjunct professor. She now operates her own consulting company, Collaborating for Results, Inc.
During her career in Norman, Oklahoma Dr. Barber was president of the Children’s Arts Network, The University of Oklahoma Associates Council, the OU College of Education Board of Visitors, and the Norman United Way Executive Board. She received many awards including the F. D. Moon Educational Humanitarian Award, OU College of Education Outstanding Alumnus, School Administrator’s Award presented by the Alliance for Arts Education and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The University of Oklahoma Regents’ Alumni Award, Oklahoma Music Educators Association Administrator of the Year, and the OU College of Education 75th Anniversary selection as One of Seventy-Five Who Made A Difference. She was inducted into the Oklahoma Educators’ Hall of Fame in September of 2005.
Research and publications by Dr. Barber have focused on readiness, the dynamic combination of the inclusion of arts in the educational setting, and the efficacy of the establishment of the transition year for the child between kindergarten and first grade. Her extensive activities as an educational consultant have resulted in sharing and disseminating the newest, research-based initiatives in education practices.
Dr. Barber’s influence is ongoing. She has not only inspired legions of teachers, students, and administrators, but her work throughout the state to assist other school districts has resulted in award-winning gains in the quality of collaboration, staff development, planning, and student achievement.