Deborah Barca

I am thrilled to be joining the PFFS community this year! I grew up in the Northeast and graduated with a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Southern Connecticut State University. Upon finishing this degree in 1994, I direct my energy and background at as a social scientist toward working directly with children and youth. I took a position in New York City at Columbia University, Teachers College as a teacher for their summer programs. I developed a program around the theme of plants and I was hooked! I then attended Columbia Teachers College and completed my MA in Social Studies Education and Curriculum and Teaching. I completed my thesis while working with Lakota teachers and students in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

While completing my Master’s degree I visited Tucson twice to attend AILDI (The American Indian Language Development Institute) at the U of A. This is a 4-week summer institute that brings together educators from across North America to develop curriculum that is relevant and meaningful within their respective communities. Then in 1998 I decided to make Tucson my home.

My life and my work in Tucson have been wonderfully intertwined over the years. I’ve taught science and math at Utterback Magnet Middle School and Highland Free School, and have developed and led Science Methods and Sustainability and Education courses at the University of Arizona’s College of Education. I have completed all my coursework toward my PhD in Science and Sustainability Education at the U of A. I love coordinating school garden projects and enjoy growing my own food, as well as kayaking and hiking. My two daughters, Isabella (13) and Nicola (11), will be attending PFFS University this year.