First person: Barry teacher helps enrich learning experience

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sharon White teaches her grandchildren with educational games and toys.

CNJ staff

Sharon White has been in charge of the Enrichment Lab at Barry Elementary School for five years. Students attend the lab in 30 minute increments to get one-on-one help with their class work.

Planting the seed: We had lots of parents wanting to volunteer and it blossomed into the enrichment lab. It’s a boost for the students. We work on reading comprehension, math, social studies and science. The students come in here with a lesson plan from their teacher. We’re here to help the teachers teach the kids. It’s just another thing to help them do better in school.

Feeling at home: I want the students to enjoy coming here so they’re not dreading it. I feel if you feel good in a place, you’re more attuned to learning.

Volunteers: Volunteers can volunteer 30 minutes, an hour or all afternoon. They feel rewarded. They love the kids. It’s very rewarding to know that a child has come in and when they walk away, they know more than when they came in.

Learn and play: I enjoy my grandkids more than anything right now. I do projects with them on shapes, colors and numbers. When I go Christmas shopping, I get educational toys. I used to buy just play toys until I became a teacher 16 years ago. Now it’s so important to start younger. There’s more demand on them now.

Barry state of mind: I love Barry. We have a wonderful group of educators that are very dedicated to the students. Even the educational assistants are so dedicated. The atmosphere is great and it’s very kid oriented. There are many good schools in Clovis.