Staff Spotlight: Kim Barry

Staff Spotlight: Kim Barry
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Job title: School social worker at Roosevelt Elementary

Other roles: 504 coordinator and FIT building liaison

Education experience: I have my master’s degree in social work

Years with the district: I have been in the district for 14 years

What are some of your hobbies and interests? I love being outdoors, playing with my son, snowtubing, boating, swimming, gardening, and traveling.
What’s something interesting about you that not a lot of people know?  I am a certified scuba diver. My favorite place to dive is in Belize where I got married. 

Why did you decide to pursue a career as a social worker?  

I wanted a career that would allow me to work with and help people. 

What do you enjoy most about working with students? 

It is rewarding to help people reach their full potential. I enjoy seeing people overcome struggles and know that they are worthy of success. I love being able to work with all staff and all the children. I love being in the classroom. I love that kids recognize me and may not know what I do but know that I am someone that cares for all children. I love helping kids know that they are important. I love when kids use the language I use. It lets me know they are listening and learning.   

 

Share a fun project you've worked on this year.

The social workers have worked hard on trying to be part of developing and implementing the attendance policy. The social workers also played a role in developing the district positive behavior plan and also helped second step be a district wide social emotional curriculum that is consistent in each building. We have also promoted mental health awareness throughout the district by providing information about our roles as social workers in addition to providing district wide staff development surrounding mental health.  

What do you enjoy about being part of Faribault Public Schools?

I LOVE the families, children, and staff that I work with every day.  

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