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Ms. Pamela Barrier
Hello, I'm Pamela Barrier, a native of Henderson, NC, and I am a product of Vance County PUBLIC Schools. We are a rare breed when you look at the teaching personnel in our local school system. Upon graduating from The University of NC at Chapel Hill (GO TAR HEELS) with a BA in Art Education (K-12), I wanted to return and give back to my hometown. Unfortunately, there were no job openings in my field so I started out in neighboring Warren Coungy teaching 1st-8th grades at North Warren Elementary/Middle School in Wise, NC, where I also have roots. I was hired under ESAA (Emergency Schools Assistance Act), a federally funded Fine Arts program for poverty counties for two years, and the county was to pick up and continue the program at the end of the two year initial start. By my second year I was already split among four schools within the county (which is very common when one is a Fine Ares teacher in small rural areas). At the conclusion of the federal assistance program, unbelievably, arts teachers were replaced with a set of art and music books purchased for each elementary and middle school. Still no art teacher vacancies in Vance County and not wanting to leave my family nor the area, I went to work at a florist for some income and remained in the field until I was hired six years later to teach art at L.B. Yancey three days a week and at Aycock two days a week. The irony in all of this is that I was hired to replace a retiring art teacher who just so happend to be the first art teacher (7th grade Eaton Johnson Middle School) I ever had in Vance County schools! In my first two years in Vance County, I was split among Aycock, L.B. Yancey, Pinkston Street, and Clark Street before becoming solely based at Aycock. Evidently it was meant to be because I have been teaching Art over the past thirty years at Aycock Elementary. I have been blessed to teach under wonderful principals who fought to keep art as a part of their school's curriculum. I have also worked under many administrators, and I feel privileged to currently be working under Dr. Jackson who has put the Fine Arts on the forefront of the education of the children of Vance County ensuring each elementary school has art and music as part of its curriculum. Data has proven students who are exposed to the Arts achieve more academically and become more productive citizens. Art provides an avenue for so many students who have struggled academically to be successful and even shine. I feel proud to be a part of their education.