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CollegeBoard Certified for AP Research GATE Certified

Ms. Barnes

I have been teaching at the Fort for three years now, but teaching was not my first career path.  Before I changed my major to English Edication, I was going to vet school at NC State and working in shelter medicine, which I had been doing since I was 13 first as a volunteer then as a paid employee when I turned 18.  When I switched career paths, I started working in holisitic pet care nutrition - I still work there.

I decided to change my career when I realized that was not what I meant to do with my life, beacuse my true passion was teaching.  So, I left Raleigh and moved back to Charleston.  I graduated from CSU with my BA in English Education.  I graduated with honors and an active member of Sigma Tau Delta, an English Honors Society - I still find the time to present in both their regional and international conferences.  I also have accredidations for teaching gifted and talented students through Converse College and NIMSI.

My husband's name is Kris and we have a 6 year old son, Wyatt.  Together we have 8 pets:  5 cats, 2 dogs, and 1 tortoise.  We could almost run a small, low budget petting zoo.

Most of my hobbies are cliché for English teachers—I like reading and writing.  Big shock there.  But my best friend and I have a fondness for hiking with our dogs, even when I get us lost for four hours on a mountain.  Hiking is also popular with my son, but typically we are looking for bugs, rocks, and reptiles.  Thankfully he knows not to touch the venemous ones.