Patrick Barry

Patrick Barry

Pathways Classroom


What inspired you to become an educator, and what keeps you inspired?

I was inspired to become an educator at a younger age. I worked at vacation bible school and started babysitting for younger children. I enjoyed the opportunity to help children complete tasks, learn new information and have fun. I stay inspired by observing the passion for making a difference that my co-workers show. I also enjoy making a difference in the community, and by helping families find solutions to problems. I enjoy working with people, and being an educator gives me an opportunity to interact with people.


If you could summarize your teaching philosophy, what would it be?

The best way to summarize my philosophy would be to say that I feel like everyone learns in their own way, and that everyone can be successful.  I like to identify the best ways that children can learn and helping them to learn new things about their world.


What skills do you feel are most important for your students to develop, to prepare them for life beyond Friends School?

I feel like having compassion and being kind to others is a very important skill to learn in this day and age. There are so many things that are not good with the world today, and I feel like learning empathy, compassion and kindness will be very important to children as they prepare for life away from Friends.


Tell us about your hobbies and philanthropic interests?

I enjoy staying active by running and working out.  I love to bowl and go swimming. My wife and I are working on a way to start breeding dogs and taking care of her horses on a regular basis. We enjoy going on walks as a family and we just enjoy spending time with other. I have been a member of Camp Quality Kentuckiana for 11 years.  CQ Kentuckiana is an organization that supports children and families dealing with cancer.