Barbara is happy to be a part of the Glendale Community College (GCC) Parent Education Program. She has been working with children and families for many years. In high school, she worked as a Red Cross swimming instructor and lifeguard, and opened her own swim school while in College. Barbara taught at a private school for six years; returned to graduate school and received her Master’s Degree in Family Counseling; spent two extra years and 3,000 hours to earn her Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) license; and had a private counseling practice. She keeps her psychotherapy license and training current, but due to her full dedication to this program she is currently not seeing clients in private practice.
Barbara has been teaching Parent Education classes for 19 years. The first 7 years were for a K-12 district's Adult School where she was given the opportunity to develop a new program where she taught classes and managed the program details. She worked part-time teaching and running the program, and full-time as a mom. When Barbara was offered a full-time position at GCC, she knew it was the move to make because of her passion for this work.
Barbara believes parenting programs are unique as they give parents a wonderful opportunity to spend imperative time with their children while learning. She believes parent education programs offer opportunities to: learn about their children and about themselves as a parent- looking at their own parenting strengths and
Barbara has two daughters who are now college age and are both thriving. She is proud
they are both wonderful, kind people who have become gracious young women.
Barbara’s hope- as a teacher and the Director of the GCC Parent Ed program- is for parents to receive: support, encouragement, and parenting information in a safe, nonthreatening and supportive environment. It is her hope that parents have an opportunity to play with, enjoy, and observe their child through understanding eyes. Barbara’s goals are to: inspire students to be wonderful parents, to support their parenting efforts, to empower them so they know they are wonderful, and to remind them as parents they will always be learning. She guides parents to develop their “Parenting Lighthouse”- a powerful parenting strategy, and encourages parents to "enjoy the ride" with their young children- “It goes by so quickly!