Ms. Barker

A Little Bit About the Teacher:

Hi, my name is Ms. Barker and I teach ELA. I attended FSU where I majored in English Education and minored in Child and Family Sciences. I worked for five summers at an overnight summer camp in a small town few people have ever heard of: Vernon, FL. Apart from that, I grew up in Jacksonville, FL and attended local schools. I’m an only child and my parents live in town. We have a tradition of watching Dancing with the Stars together, so I get to see them weekly.

When I’m not grading, I can be found running, hiking, watching T.V., ballroom dancing, or traveling. I have a bit of a Disney obsession–just come see my classroom–and partake in many of the Run Disney races, as well as enjoy the occasional trip to the parks.

We have a class mascot named Arturo Turtle. He’ll make some appearances throughout the year, along with his entourage of stuffed animal friends.

I can’t wait to spend this year learning and growing with you.


A few of my favorites:

Color: Turquoise

Animal: Sea turtle

Season: Autumn

Food: Italian, Mexican, and comfort (bring on the mac and cheese!)

Drink: Dr. Pepper & Starbucks

Store: Target and Amazon


About the Class:

For easy access, here is a copy of the 2018 – 2019 7th Grade ELA Syllabus which includes important information such as daily supplies, general policies, best form of communication, and how grades are weighted in my class, etc. It can get pretty overwhelming with so many tools and classes to keep up with, so know that in my class, I use:

  • This blog as a secondary resource for students and parents. It’s a great tool for students who are absent and looking to get caught up!
  • Remind for updates everyone needs, just in case you don’t have access to the blog, so you don’t miss an important reminder.
  • Class Dojo for student and class-specific updates. More info is available here on how I use Dojo in our class.
  • Email and phone to communicate. I will not be able to reply to Remind/Class Dojo messages, so email me at “barkers1@duvalschools.org” instead!

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If offering your services are more your speed, I can always use more help! Just fill out the Microsoft Form and I’ll get in touch about how you can help at my earliest convenience.