Carol Barnett was born and raised in Mishawaka, Ind. She always enjoyed working with children and helping her younger sister with her homework. Her grandmother, who had wanted to become a teacher but had to quit school after the eighth grade, suggested that Barnett should follow her dream. That was the encouragement that Barnett needed, and she has never regretted it. Her grandmother made her realize that school is a privilege. Barnett attended Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind. and graduate school at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis.
Before coming to Adel DeSoto Minburn, Barnett was an elementary teacher at Northwest Hendricks Schools in Indiana for 16 years. Now she is a third grade teacher at DeSoto Intermediate and has been in the Adel DeSoto Minburn school district for 14 years.
According to Barnett, “A ‘regular’ day in third grade does not exist. Every day is a new adventure.” Third graders are excited to learn and to let their personalities shine. Their curiosity and creativity make teaching fun and inspires her to come to work every day. In the classroom Barnett strives to help her students master their grade level standards. She also wants them to be proud of themselves and succeed beyond her classroom.
Barnett hopes to reach all students, no matter where they are in their learning venture. She tries to excite her students about learning. She wants to challenge the ones who are ready, and provide some extra support for those who need it. Her favorite part of teaching is getting to know each individual student. Barnett feels that knowing what a child’s interests are makes it easier to truly teach him or her. The support Barnett receives from parents and co-workers makes her job easier and more rewarding.
In her free time, Barnett enjoys reading, biking, attending auctions, gardening and learning how to quilt. She has two adult children. Her son Josh works at a custom cabinetry shop in Des Moines, and her daughter Emily and son-in-law Scott live in Winterset. She has three grandchildren who she is able to spend plenty of time with: Morgan, 8 years old; Jordan, 3; and Macy, 2. Some of their favorite activities are going on walks, playing in the park and going to the pool.