We have been with Barkers Mill since it opened, and I am very impressed by the staff. Someone before mentioned that they did not think the staff was diverse enough, well I am sure that all has to do with the area that we live in. I am from the DC area, and oviously the area is more diverse just because of population. You have to look at the population here, and realize that it is not as diverse as other states. Would it be fair to hire someone just because of their race/religion just to get more diversity in the school? No, we want the best teachers regu=uardless of the color of their skin or religion. It's not fair to not hire someone because of the color of their skin, just like it is not fair to hire someone just because of the color of thir skin.
The people who are judging the entire school based on one person are rediculous. This school has many great teachers. Most teachers are young women, but this is who works at the elementary level. Many men do not work at the elementary level. The turnover is high, but just like the children turnover rate, it is due to the military. Many of the teachers are married to soldiers and often get stationed at other posts. This is something that cannot be helped. This school has a careing staff and caring administration. The students love going there and the teachers seem to really enjoy working there. It is warm and inviting and children and thier learning are put first.
This school has great teachers! The one thing this school lacks is great leadership. The principal and asst principal are the worst i have ever seen.
I would like to comment on the review posted 11/14/08. Before you judge please do your homework. As I have. Alot of men do not teach at the elementary level because they would like to coach a sport at the high level of education. There are very few application for men at the elementary level. As far as the ethnic back grounds they do work at BMES in other grade levels. We have been a military family for 20+years and my child has been in several schools. This is an amazing diverse student body.....We love it.
As this school is directly near a military base, and reflects a diverse student body, I am disappointed that the staff is not reflective of this. I would like to see the principal hire a staff of a variety of ethnic backgrounds. I think it's important for students to experience different teachers and make connections. My son has been at Hazelwood Elem and Barkers Mill for 6 years and has always had a young-middle aged white women as his teacher. Never a man, never an African American, it's always the same. Its a disservice to the students to not see people from their background/culture in teaching positions in the building. What statement does this send to the students?
My daughter loves going to Barkers Mill. Some of the teachers are a little young and lacking in experience, but the principal and office staff are wonderful. I would recommend this school to any parent.
I love this school!! The principal is awesome and so is the staff!! My son loved his first year there!! Five stars!!!!!!!
Barkers Mill School has many wonderful teachers working there. I love Barkers Mill and feel great knowing that my children have a wonderful school to go to everyday.
We have had nothing but problems out of this school. The teachers are young and our child's teacher is often rude and condescending to both our child and to us. Our child has been bullied and nothing was done to rectify the situation. The principal is nice and firm. However, even after speaking with her and our child's teacher about the problems, nothing has been done. The music teacher, guidance counselor, and PE teachers are nice and have been very supportive of our child. This is just one parent's view...however, the teacher turnover is great, so much so that pride in the school and stability is at stake. After two years at this school and the school is only two years old, we are going to do what the teachers are doing and take our child elsewhere.
My son's teacher Mrs. Lopez was a wonderful teacher. She was firm when need be and understanding and compasionate. Her class made learning fun with her hands on lessons. As for the school itself, I loved it! The principal is a wonderful woman who truely cares for her students. The staff was always friendly coming up with interesting and fun activities for the children and their families. My son still talks about his time at Barkers Mill.
I have had the best experience with this school. My children are so happy to go to school every day. The teachers, staff and the Principal are the best there are. Very good school!
I love this school. What I love the most is that they put the students (my child) first, the parents come second. You will always find a smiling face in the front office, and if I may say very helpful office staff. The principal and assist principal will always stop and speak to you. You are never second rated.
I was very impressed with Barkers Mill Elem. I am a military dad who is deployed a lot. My child loved going to this school. The school is very inviting, and very loving. The staff, principal and teachers are outstanding.
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