Mrs. Susan Barber
8th Grade, Family & Consumer Science
(610) 853-5900, ext. 5133
Hello and welcome to Mrs. Barber's website! I began teaching at Haverford Middle School (HMS) during the 2013-2014 school year and was thrilled to start up the Family & Consumer Science (FCS) program. Using parent and student input, I worked to create what I believe is a fun and educational course for the 8th graders at HMS. I always appreciate getting input and feedback from my parents and students as we continue to shape the future of this course together.
This school year marks the beginning of my 14th year in the education profession. I began my career in education through a graduate program in educational counseling at the University of Pennsylvania. My original intent was to become a guidance counselor so that I could positively influence young adults and effect change in their lives. After nearly two years as a professional counselor for a New Jersey school district and two more years as a guidance counselor at alternative and charter schools, I realized that counselors don’t spend nearly as much time with students as do their teachers. I returned to graduate school and simultaneously got certified to teach special education and FCS.The reason I chose to pursue FCS is because the areas covered by this certification (cooking, nutrition, childcare, sewing, etc…) have always been a passion of mine. I love to cook, eat well, learn about nutrition, and care for children. It is my hope to instill a love of these life skills into my students during our time together!