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Hi.  My name is Barbara Forbes.  My assignment last year was full time Grade One at St. Richard School.  Previously, I taught Kindergarten for approximately 23 years both in a part time and a full time capacity.  I have also spent 6 years teaching both Grade One and combined Kindergarten/Grade One classes.  I have worked with many Kindergarten teachers over the years, assisting them in their classroom management and programming needs. 

My husband and I have four sons at home ranging in age from 15 to 24 years. We enjoy golf rounds with all four of our boys along with time at our cabin on Skeleton Lake. 





My personal philosophy is that all children are a true gift from God.

I believe in every child’s ability to share their unique gifts

and talents with the world.

I also believe children learn best when they are actively involved –

our classroom will be a noisy and busy place where we learn

on our own and through interaction with others.

I believe all children learn in different ways and according to their own timeline.

I will support this learning and be a facilitator of their learning.

Our classroom is an environment which supports effort,

creativity, risk-taking and challenges.

Above all, it is where your child will feel valued, safe, supported and respected.

I believe your child’s learning is a group effort –

a combination of the school, family, and community.




1978 – present         Edmonton Catholic Schools

                             9807 – 106th Street

                             Edmonton, Alberta

                             T5K 1C2

                             (780) 441-6000


Current Placement:  St. Richard Elementary School

                             Grade One Teacher


          Roles and Responsibilities

·        Create a learning environment that fosters intellectual and moral growth; using a Balanced Literacy approach for teaching while incorporating the techniques suggested by Debbie Miller and Michelle Borba.

·        Seeks out new information, research, ideas and suggestions to further “best practices”.

·        Researches high quality literature implementing it as the backbone of my teaching and providing a springboard for all learning activities in the classroom.  

·         Responsible for the development and operation of an exceptional Grade One program.

·        Provide multi-grade collaborative learning experiences

·        Work closely with Capital Health speech and language pathologists and occupational therapists for mild to moderate delayed language students

·        Supervising teacher for IPT student from Concordia College

·        Participant of “Young Mathematicians” cohort group

·        Initiated and created Service Project in area of  Recycling:  money is donated to child being treated for leukemia




Two years ago, the school I was teaching in was planning their 25th anniversary.  As a staff member, we each too a moment to remember where and what we were doing 25 years ago.  I wrote  . . .


25 YEARS AGO . . . .

I was in my third year of teaching. . . a combined Kindergarten/Grade One class of 23 students at St. Margaret School.  It was located just east of J. H. Picard Ecole.  The key word is “was” as it no longer is a school.  One of my students from that class has just recently married a Kindergarten teacher within Edmonton Catholic Schools. 

I was newly married, owned a beautiful Airedale dog named Dusty and was living in my first home in the Ritchie area just blocks away from my school.


25 years later . . . .

I am again living in the community that I teach in, surrounded by an incredible staff of friends, absolutely beautiful Kindergarten children (two classes) and caring and supportive parents. My three years at St. Richard have been truly gratifying years.  I have been blessed in my teaching career . . . teaching part time for 19 years while we raised four boys; only returning to full time work two years ago. 

Teaching Kindergarten is my joy!  I believe each child is a gift from God.  Each child is an original.  Everyday is a celebration of life. I love, value and treasure each and every child and provide an environment where each child’s needs are met and where each child feels safe and secure. St. Richard is allows me to live my beliefs fully.