Meet the School Board: New Member Kate Barnes Excited to be Involved in Georgia

We are continuing our blog series “Meet the School Board”. Today’s post features a Q&A with new Georgia School Board member Kate Barnes. Stay tuned for more and view earlier posts in this series here and here.

KATE BARNESGeorgia School Board

KATE BARNES
Georgia School Board

Q: Can you tell us why you were interested in serving on the School Board?  

Kate: I wanted to serve on the School Board because I have two young kids at GEMS and a third starting school in the fall; their education is incredibly important to me, obviously, and I wanted to be as involved as possible in the school and, by extension, their learning. Also, I wanted to serve our great community and hopefully lend a voice to the people who live here.

Q: What excites you most about education at GEMS?

Kate: I’m really excited by the passion of the teachers I’ve met and their level of involvement, dedication, and concern. I also feel that GEMS historically occupies a role as a leader in Vermont education, and it’s exciting to be a part of that going forward.

Q: Tell us a little bit about your background and hobbies/activities that you enjoy?

Kate: I was born and raised in Vermont; after leaving for high school and college I returned when my husband and I got married – we didn’t want to raise our children anywhere else. I work for a locally-based, international classical-music arts management firm; love reading, traveling, cooking, going to shows, and running; and spend as much time as I can hanging out with my friends, playing with my kids, and being outside.

Q: What do you see as some of the biggest challenges facing students in our education system?

Kate: I think the largest challenges our students face right now are truly having their individual needs met and figuring out how to triage all the information coming at them. There are a lot of new ways to learn, and ways in which kids are expected to apply that knowledge, and that requires a shift in expectations, both individually and institutionally. I also think it’s more of a challenge for kids today just to be kids: to have lots of free unstructured time outside of school in which they can explore their imaginations and the world.

Welcome to the School Board, Kate!

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