JUSTIN BARNEY

ELL Coordinator
BA, Spanish and Secondary Education, Valpariaso University
M.Ed, Curriculum and Instruction: Ethics & Justice, Concordia University

 

About Me

Hola and welcome! My family and I are brand new to Colorado. We have an interesting family history, having lived in Costa Rica, Mexico, Arizona, and Missouri. I was born and raised in Southern California. 

My wife, Brittany, is a teacher of the deaf for Denver Public Schools. We have three daughters: Vivian (5), Amaya (3), and Sol (6 months). We enjoy spending as much time as we can outdoors - hiking, swimming, and exploring nature. If I am not working, studying, or playing with my babies, I can be found watching a documentary, immersing myself in a new hip-hop album, playing soccer, or eating Mexican food. 

Two years ago, my family and I embarked on an ex-pat adventure in which my wife and I worked as ESL teachers - first in Mexico, then in Costa Rica. After the birth of our youngest daughter, we decided it was time to come back to the States in order to be closer to our families. Before moving abroad, I taught HS and MS Spanish for eight years in MO and AZ.

We are thrilled to become a part of the ECA community and I look forward to serving our students and families!

Why I Teach

I love languages and have always felt called to education. As a student, I was blessed to have a number of phenomenal teachers and coaches that understood that real education spans far beyond the classroom and into the real world. On top of teaching their subjects, these exceptional educators took a vested interest in my life and saw me as more than just a student aiming to earn a grade - they saw me as a young adult in need of guidance, trust, and positive influence. They made a special effort to point out my strengths, encourage goodness, and guide me towards discovering and developing the best version of myself. 

In my life as an educator, I aim to emulate these same teacher characteristics that were so crucial to my development as a young man. What are you best at? What do you enjoy? What makes you, you? How can you - with your unique set of skills and talents - lend a hand and help the world? These questions are essential to my life as an educator. The true value of education spans much wider than tests, quizzes, and homework. The best fruits often come from mentorship.