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How does a College of Education alumna use her passion for instruction, curriculum and writing after teaching for a dozen years and working as a curriculum writer and editor? If that alumna is Ann Barnes (LA ‘68, EDU ’71), she starts her own business.
In 2003 Barnes, also an adjunct professor at Purdue University, launched Professional Education Solutions and put her passion to work. Her business provides training, implementation and support to schools and education professionals for their educational technology and educational products. For example, if a school purchases new educational software for their teachers but doesn’t know how to prepare them—Barnes’ company can step in and train the teachers.
In addition to software training they also develop instructional materials for software products, work with schools to integrate technology into their curriculum and write correlations to state standards for software products.
Experience a Perfect Fit
B a r n e s ’ e x p e r i e n c e a s a t e a c h e r a n d c u r r i c u l u m w r i t e r i s a p e r f e c t f i for her business. A big part of her current job is extensive planning and evaluating, two vital skills she learned in her previous jobs. “I loved the planning and organizing of curriculum. I found it to be quite rewarding,” said Barnes. t
Over the last four years Barnes has watched her business thrive and develop. She began as an independent contractor then moved to a home office and enlisted the help of her daughter, Jennifer Dunn. Professional Education Solutions has now grown to offices in downtown Frankfort, Ind. and has instructors located in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. They travel across the U.S. and the Caribbean to assist their customers.
In the future Barnes will continue serving the education industry and hopes to expand into government jobs.
Barnes said, “I buy into each product we serve and believe in it. Implementing and integrating educational products and technology for our customers is an important job and I take it seriously.”
Three of the five local teachers awarded Golden Apple Awards April are Purdue education graduates. These yearly awards are presented by the Lafayette-West Lafayette Chamber of Commerce to recognize excellence in teaching. Congratulations to:
Gail (Homer) billings (EDU ‘72), Edgelea Elementary School, Lafayette, Ind.
Rebecca (Miller) Combs (EDU ‘97), Burnett Creek Elementary School, West Lafayette, Ind.
Shannon (bogucki) Richards (EDU ‘96, ‘97), Vinton Elementary School, Lafayette, Ind.