By KEA YENGST
Katherine Barker, a history teacher from the concrete jungle of Dallas, Texas, is the history department’s new face this year, teaching 9th grade Global Studies and 11th grade U.S. History.
After a road trip down the coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles, Barker stopped in Carmel and fell in love with its beauty.
“I’ve always had a love affair with California,” Barker says. “I did not even know Carmel existed until about two years ago, and I thought it was the most beautiful place. There’s nothing like this back in Texas.”
The Dallas native received her bachelor’s degree in communication and history at Texas A&M University, College Station, and then later received her master’s degree in secondary education from the same university.
Barker has taught many challenging courses over 10 years, including AP U.S. History, World History, Government and Psychology. Outside of the classroom, Barker also coached a competitive dance team during the fall and winter athletic seasons for three years.
“It’s just like coaching any sport,” Barker says. “It can be pretty exhausting at times, in Texas especially. The dance team is connected to the football season, so you’re constantly doing stuff for football games and then that bleeds into winter time, and it seems like it never ends.”
At the end of the day, Barker prefers teaching in the classroom to coaching on the sidelines.
“History is really important, especially for students who are getting ready to vote,” Barker adds. “It’s important for young people to learn about the world that they live in.”
Outside of the classroom, Barker likes to take walks on the beach, go hiking and do multiple forms of dance, especially ballroom and swing.
Although Katherine Barker hopes to see her students in person sometime soon, she is glad to finally call Carmel home.