With the COVID-19 crisis making it abundantly clear the critical role that educators play in our society, Lurie College is recognizing SJSU Educators of Impact who have made a transformative difference in the lives of children, families, and communities. Learn more about SJSU Alumni Barbara Conant below. To nominate an SJSU graduate who is an Educator of Impact, please complete this brief Google form.
“Barbara Conant was an amazing 5th grade classroom teacher; I had the opportunity as a friend, colleague and administrator to know this from my personal observation of Barbara’s classroom. With her excellent teaching strategies, she delivered the curriculum to her students through real life experiences. They witnessed historical events by recreating them in plays, debates, banquets, and more. Students enjoyed literature by becoming actors, wearing appropriate costumes of that period. Her classroom became a laboratory. And how do I know that Barbara was an extremely effective teacher? Because she is still in contact with many of her former students; she attends their weddings, they invite her to lunch or dinner to let her know about their jobs and achievements. I know for a fact when Barbara, in retirement, became Mayor of Campbell, her former students walked precincts for her. To sum things up, Barbara accomplished extraordinary things as a teacher, and she has been blessed that her students keep in touch with her to let her know what a difference she has made in their lives.”